Urban Drama: The Metropolis in Contemporary North American Plays

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A chance discovery of a sample of "plastic wood" a pliable substance designed as wood-filler allowed Schulze-Mittendorff to build a costume that would both appear metallic and allow a small amount of free movement. The film's original score was composed for a large orchestra by Gottfried Huppertz.

Huppertz drew inspiration from Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss , and combined a classical orchestral voice with mild modernist touches to portray the film's massive industrial city of workers. Template:Sfn Nestled within the original score were quotations of Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle 's " La Marseillaise " and the traditional " Dies Irae ", the latter of which was matched to the film's apocalyptic imagery. Huppertz's music played a prominent role during the film's production; oftentimes, the composer played piano on Lang's set in order to inform the actors' performances.

It was the first release of the reasonably reconstructed movie to be accompanied by Huppertz's original score. Strobel also conducted the premiere of the reconstructed score at Berlin Friedrichstadtpalast. At the time of its German premiere, Metropolis had a length of 4, metres, which is approximately minutes at 24 frames per second fps.

Considering that Metropolis was too long and unwieldy, Parufamet commissioned American playwright Channing Pollock to write a simpler version of the film that could be assembled using the existing material. Pollock shortened the film dramatically, altered its inter-titles and removed all references to the character of Hel, because the name sounded too similar to the English word Hell , thereby removing Rotwang's original motivation for creating his robot.

liedigyphaiti.cf Pollock said about the original film that it was "symbolism run such riot that people who saw it couldn't tell what the picture was about. I have given it my meaning.

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Their experts have slashed my best film, Metropolis , so cruelly that I dare not see it while I am in England. In Pollock's cut, the film ran for 3, metres, or approximately minutes—although a contemporary review in Variety of a showing in Los Angeles gave the running time as minutes, [31] and another source lists it at minutes. Alfred Hugenberg , a German nationalist businessman, cancelled UFA's debt to Paramount and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer after taking charge of the company in April , and chose to halt distribution in German cinemas of Metropolis in its original form. Hugenberg had the film cut down to a length of 3, metres about minutes , broadly along the lines of Pollock's edit, removing the film's perceived "inappropriate" communist subtext and religious imagery.

Hugenberg's cut of the film was released in German cinemas in August Later, after demands for more cuts by Nazi censors, UFA distributed a still shorter version of the film 2, metres, 91 minutes in , and an English version of this cut was archived in the Museum of Modern Art MoMA film library in the s. It was this version which was the basis of all versions of Metropolis until the recent restorations.

In , it was re-copied and returned to Germany to be the basis of the Munich Archive restoration. Despite the film's later reputation, some contemporary critics panned it. Writing in The New Yorker , Oliver Claxton called it "unconvincing and overlong", faulting much of the plot as "laid on with a terrible Teutonic heaviness, and an unnecessary amount of philosophizing in the beginning" that made the film "as soulless as the city of its tale.

Nevertheless, Claxton wrote that "the setting, the use of people and their movement, and various bits of action stand out as extraordinary and make it nearly an obligatory picture. Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels was impressed with the film's message of social justice. In a speech he declared that "the political bourgeoisie is about to leave the stage of history. In its place advance the oppressed producers of the head and hand, the forces of Labor, to begin their historical mission".

Template:Sfn Shortly after the Nazis came to power, Goebbels told Lang that, on the basis of their seeing Metropolis together years before, Hitler had said then that he wanted Lang to make Nazi films. Internationally, German cultural critic Siegfried Kracauer later wrote of Metropolis that "The Americans relished its technical excellence; the English remained aloof; the French were stirred by a film which seemed to them a blend of [composer] Wagner and [armaments manufacturer] Krupp , and on the whole an alarming sign of Germany's vitality.

Fritz Lang himself later expressed dissatisfaction with the film. The main thesis was Mrs. Von Harbou's, but I am at least 50 percent responsible because I did it. I was not so politically minded in those days as I am now. You cannot make a social-conscious picture in which you say that the intermediary between the hand and the brain is the heart.

I mean, that's a fairy tale—definitely. But I was very interested in machines. Anyway, I didn't like the picture—thought it was silly and stupid—then, when I saw the astronauts: what else are they but part of a machine?

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It's very hard to talk about pictures—should I say now that I like Metropolis because something I have seen in my imagination comes true, when I detested it after it was finished? In his profile of Lang, which introduced the interview, Bogdanovich suggested that Lang's distaste for his own film also stemmed from the Nazi Party's fascination with the film. Von Harbou became a member of the Party in She and Lang divorced the following year.

Template:Sfn Lang would later move to the United States to escape the Nazis, while Harbou stayed in Germany and continued to write state-approved films. Roger Ebert noted that " Metropolis is one of the great achievements of the silent era, a work so audacious in its vision and so angry in its message that it is, if anything, more powerful today than when it was made.

The website's critical consensus reads, "A visually awe-inspiring science fiction classic from the silent era. Lane Roth in Film Quarterly called it a "seminal film" because of its concerns with "profound impact technological progress has on man's social and spiritual progress" and concluded that "ascendancy of artifact over nature is depicted not as liberating man, but as subjugating and corrupting him".

Exploring the dramatic production background and historical importance of the film's complex political context in The American Conservative , Cristobal Catalan suggests "Metropolis is a passionate call, and equally a passionate caution, for social change".

The original premiere cut of Metropolis has been lost, and for decades the film could be seen only in heavily truncated edits that lacked nearly a quarter of the original length. However, over the years, various elements of footage have been rediscovered. Two of these negatives were destroyed when the film was re-edited, by Paramount for the US market, and for the UK market. UFA itself cut the third negative for the August release. Between and , the Staatliches Filmarchiv der DDR , with the help of film archives from around the world, put together a version of Metropolis which restored some scenes and footage, but the effort was hobbled by a lack of a guide, such as an original script, to determine what, exactly, was in the original version.

In , a new restoration and edit of the film, running 83 minutes, was made by music producer Giorgio Moroder , who outbid David Bowie for the rights. It was the first serious attempt made at restoring Metropolis to Lang's original vision, and until the restorations in and , it was the most complete version of the film commercially available; the shorter run time was due to the extensive use of subtitles and a faster frame rate than the original. Moroder's version of Metropolis generally received poor reviews, to which Moroder responded, telling The New York Times "I didn't touch the original because there is no original.

In August , after years of the Moroder version being unavailable on video in any format due to music licensing problems, it was announced that Kino International had managed to resolve the situation, and the film was to be released on Blu-ray and DVD in November.

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In addition, the film would have a limited theatrical re-release. The moderate commercial success of the Moroder version inspired Enno Patalas , the archivist of the Munich Film Archive, to make an exhaustive attempt to restore the movie in Starting from the version in the Museum of Modern Art collection, [43] this version took advantage of new acquisitions and newly discovered German censorship records of the original inter-titles, as well as the musical score and other materials from the estate of composer Gottfried Huppertz.

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The Munich restoration also utilized newly rediscovered still photographs to represent scenes that were still missing from the film. The Munich version was 9, feet, or minutes long. Previously unknown sections of the film were discovered in film museums and archives around the world, including a nitrate original camera negative from the Bundesarchiv-Filmarchiv , as well as nitrate prints from the George Eastman House , the British Film Institute and the Fondazione Cineteca Italiana.

These original film elements, digitally "cleaned" and repaired to remove defects, were used to assemble the film. Newly written intertitles were used to explain missing scenes. The restoration featured a new recording of the original score by Gottfried Huppertz, performed by a piece orchestra.

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