Wednesday, June 9, 2010

A quick review of the restored version of "Metropolis"


Cast: Gustav Frohilch, Brigitte Helm

Writer: Thea Von Harbour

Director: Fritz Lang.

**’s out of four

(Photo: Kino Pictures)

I am probably going to get a lot of complaints by saying this, but I did not like the new restored cut of "Metropolis”. Now I completely understand and respect that it is considered a classic and was the inspiration for a lot of other movies since its wake. The images of seeing the workers underground and the image of the robot were very impressive even by today standards, but the new scenes that were added looked like they were from another movie. It looked too scratched and faded and completely took me away from the story. It was like watching a sci fi space battle and have it cut  to a green screen or a computer graphic during it  I have also discovered how important music is to a movie. In Metropolis the music was used to heighten emotions, but it was all the same score. I wouldn’t have minded so much if there was talking but after a while the score became white noise and I had a hard time really emphasizing with any of the characters. Seeing this on a big screen with an audience was probably the best thing about this movie.  In a time when 3D movies are the biggest craze it’s sort of cool to watch an old black and white silent movie in the theater.


  1. Intriguing post TheVern. Yeah, the restored cuts definitely have a lower quality. The quality of music for Metropolis varies wildly as far as I can tell. I've watched a black and white film in the theater and enjoyed it.

    1. Thanks for the comment Maurice. I also highly recomend checking out the 1984 cut that replaces the classical score with songs from 80's pop stars. It's very cool. I'm glad Black and White can still be used to entertain. The big risk with that will be Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie"

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