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The Newly Restored Version Of Fritz Lang's METROPOLIS Streams Friday!? Can You Help With Details??

Merrick here...
A few years ago we learned that a significant portion of long missing footage belonging to Fritz Lang's METROPOLIS had been located & that efforts to reassemble the film were underway (details HERE and HERE). Seems the restored METROPOLIS is now ready to debut. Roger Ebert's awesome Twitter feed (HERE) indicates that said premiere will stream Friday at THIS URL. I can't speak German, so I put the link Roger supplied through Google translator - and found little reference to a streaming event. Although, the there are one or two mentions of...something...happening:
"PUBLIC VIEWING: The world premiere of the reconstructed "Metropolis" version in Friedrichstadtpalast and publicly broadcast will be live at the Brandenburg Gate. On 12 February from 20:15"
You can read the entire Google translation HERE. If anyone out there can offer more exacting details of the "broadcast"/streaming event, PLEASE DROP ME AN E-MAIL as I'd love to update this article with more pointed information. Also, if any AICN readers will be attending this premiere, we'd love for you to share your in-depth perspectives of what you saw and how you feel. Be sure to drop us a line? Tremendously excited to look upon a restored version of this film. METROPOLIS inspired me, and influenced me, in more ways than I can convey. This will be like seeing it new for the first time...and I'm stoked as hell. More details a more come in...
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  • Feb. 8, 2010, 2:02 p.m. CST

    looking forward

    by ghost_matt

    to seeing this

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 2:04 p.m. CST


    by KonkBob

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Tremendously excited too, but torn...

    by Daytripper69

    ... Torn between watching this baby stream on a computer screen this Friday (if true), or waiting a few months before the restored version gets a proper theatrical release, a la the 2000 restoration. If anyone can confirm that this new restoration will be released in theaters, I just might wait a few more months for that.

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Wonderful news

    by Sonny_Williams

    METROPOLIS is such a trippy film, glad it's now (more) complete again. Just keep hoping they unearth the missing scenes for LOST HORIZON next, it's a trajedy how much of that awesome film is lost to the ravages of time.

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Wait, the movie will be streaming?

    by Bass Ackwards

    As in I can watch the premier of the actual, newly restored version of Metropolis for free on my computer?

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 2:22 p.m. CST

    Awesome! Can't wait.

    by TheWaqman

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Translation Error

    by El_Magnifico

    Sorry to burst your bubble, but the whole article tells of a screening at the Berlinale and a live stream to the public viewing at the brandenburg Gate. No mention of an online stream here.. It will also be shown on TV (Arte in Germany and France) at the same time with a documentary following the film.

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 2:43 p.m. CST

    QUESTION, DID THEY re-integrate the ALF footage.

    by idrinkyourmilkshake

    I heard there was an early cut that featured an alien life form that has a hankering for cats.

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Ebert needs to brush up on his German (and/or French)

    by Jardinier

    There's nothing about an online stream on either of those two websites. On February 12, People will be able to see the restored film in three venues: <br> 1. the festival itself, indoors; <br> 2. in Berlin, projected on a giant screen, open-air; <br> 3. on TV, anywhere, as long as your cable, satellite or broadcast provider can receive "arte" channel. <br><br> I'm guessing recordings from venue 3 are going to wind up online fairly soon after the event. They probably won't be in HD, though, you'll have to wait for the Blu-ray for that.

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 2:45 p.m. CST

    cannot wait for this!

    by Atomik Steve

    i've been excited about this ever since i heard about the found footage. glad they took their time with it, and hopefully got it right.

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 2:51 p.m. CST

    As far as I can see it isn't streaming on the web...

    by RedEgiraahgnal

    ...but it will be broadcasted on ARTE in Germany and France.<br> Believe it or not, but I originally wanted to drop the staff an e-mail about this, but I thought even though it's Metropolis, they don't care for a european TV broadcast.

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 2:55 p.m. CST

    BTW, Arte is a great TV channel!

    by RedEgiraahgnal

    A TV channel about art sounds boring, but they know that art can be many things and so they also lots of interesting documentaries and also TV series like "The Avengers" (I heard they will also show "Breaking Bad" soon) or movies like "Dead & Buried", "Street Trash" and several Russ Meyer movies! Seriously, ARTE rules!

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 2:57 p.m. CST

    fuck streaming

    by Gh0ulardi

    i'll wait for the blu-ray

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 3 p.m. CST

    The Queen Version is Better

    by NZGUY

    Radio GA GA!!!!

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 3:11 p.m. CST

    This will be aewsome on Blu-Ray someday... soon I hope.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 3:16 p.m. CST

    most likely just be webcam of people arriving


    and not the film itself.

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 3:20 p.m. CST

    I have the original graphic novel by Theda Barou

    by zinc_chameleon

    in our library. Would that be a help?

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 3:47 p.m. CST


    by DonLogan

    ...with Nicolas Cage and a CGI cloud

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 3:47 p.m. CST

    THIS is what I've been waiting for.

    by Nickytea

    Can't wait.

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Metropolis does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    Actually it's not 'the Queen version' (you're getting confused with the Radio GaGa music video), but the Giorgio Moroder scored version does have a Freddie Mercury track on it 'Love Kills'. <p> And you know what... I've seen that and the subtitled original and the version set to modern music is better imho. It cuts to the essence of what METROPOLIS is - the bosses and the workers - 'without the heart the hand there can be no understanding between the hand and mind', and the thematic message comes through in a very cool way.

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 4:19 p.m. CST

    fuck yesss

    by Motfilms

    Metropolis is boss

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 4:22 p.m. CST

    I watched Metropolis some time ago, I was bored to tears

    by ricarleite2

    Just because it's old and German, doesn't mean it's good.

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Liked the movie

    by Madcapper

    but love the idea of a long, lost part of it recently found, and restored. Now it only remains to see if it adds anything significant to the versions out there.

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 4:29 p.m. CST


    by Madcapper

    Are you saying that things old and German is usually a good, but in the case of Metropolis, that is not so?

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 4:30 p.m. CST

    NIN sync

    by KonkBob

    Weren't people syncing up "broken" to this ala WOOZ PF?

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 4:33 p.m. CST

    I apologize

    by Madcapper

    for the insane grammar in that question, but you know what I meant right?

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Metropolis is the epitome of Abstract Expressionism

    by zinc_chameleon

    things are done with spotlights and cardboard cutouts that won't be topped until 2000's CGI. In it's day, it *was* Star Wars. You couldn't have Coruscant--or Trantor, for that matter--without Metropolis. And the original graphic novel is a gem. I know; I've got one.

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 4:54 p.m. CST

    When will it be on the big screen

    by Larry of Arabia

    Isn't that how this should be viewed?

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 5:33 p.m. CST

    *spoiler warning* I heard that in this version..

    by Engelhast

    Greedo shoots first. FTW?

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Theatrical release and DVD/Blu info

    by ByTor

    According to Bill Hunt, this version WILL be released theatrically in the US (starting in April), and Kino sez the DVD and Blu-Ray releases are on track for later this year. <P> Can't wait!

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 6:01 p.m. CST

    @ JamesWest

    by madCanada

    Totally agree. The 1980s Moroder version was a travesty/abomination ... It was ALSO gorgeous, thrilling and deeply moving in a kitschy post-mod way. I have it on VHS but want it on DVD ASAP. Purists be damned. The bloated KINO cut was a sauerkraut teutonic snore.

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 6:09 p.m. CST


    by ricarleite2

    No, I'm saying it's over indulgent, it's acclaimed only because it's an old european film in a time and age where narrative science fiction was not usual, specially on the moving pictures. Also, making it an european film adds to the whole thing. To me, a mild curiosity, but not something I enjoyed watching. I'll stick with Harold Lloyd's Safety Last, thank you very much. And wake me up when they find Kubrick's 2001 original premiere cut and decide to release THAT.

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Here here to Zinc_Chameleon. Metropolis precursor to much in fi

    by planetran_fan

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Here's to Zinc_Chameleon. Metropolis precursor to much in film!

    by planetran_fan

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 6:33 p.m. CST


    by Eyelow

    You can watch arte via stream at zattoo - but I don't know if it works form the US (if not, then it's the revenge for all the hulu stuff we Europeans cannot watch :)

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 6:54 p.m. CST

    This news makes me want to cry

    by zacdilone

    I wish I lived in Europe to experience this.

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 6:54 p.m. CST

    arte on aicn ...the day has come

    by AllieJamison

    Whoaa. I love what they're doing with this... public viewing? Fantastic. Usually and unfortunately film and cinema doesn't get the celebration-treatment in Germany, so this seems like a nice change of pace. I had no idea they were gonna show it on arte (a damn fine franch-german-lovechild channel), too. When I tried to get some tickets for one of the two (Berlin & Frankfurt) screenings it was already sold out. Occasionally arte streams some movies/series on their website...nothing on their page hints of that so far, though. @eyelow...I guess. I'm all for global tv, though. :)

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 6:57 p.m. CST

    @ ricarleite2

    by madCanada

    Umm ... not to knock you, but entirely dismissing Lang's "Metropolis", also twice making some weird "European" diss pegs you in my mind as some sort of 12-year-old childish retard. I'm glad you are a "2001" fan -- me too. But if you don't appreciate how much sci-fi cinema owes to Lang (EVERYTHING!!!) I must peg you as a Down's Tard, or 6 yrs old, or something.

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 7:14 p.m. CST


    by CurlySue

    Metropolis is pretty awesome.... But I think M is better...

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 7:23 p.m. CST

    @ CurlySue

    by madCanada

    M yes, great.

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 7:50 p.m. CST

    Dual Premier

    by Mastidon

    I will be at the Frankfurt premier which is happening at the same time as the Berlin one. It will be at the Old Opera House with a live orchestra doing all of the music. I have been looking forward to this for months now.

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 8:11 p.m. CST

    Dual Premier

    by The Brain Machine

    You are a very, very lucky guy. I once saw a restoration print of Charlie Chaplin's City Lights in London with a full orchestra and it remains to this day the greatest cinema experience I've ever had. It was beautiful, and I imagine this screening will be amazing. The orchestra just adds something special that most movie goers have never experienced. <br> <br> I've been waiting for this news about Metropolis to come since hearing this found footage was discovered. What a great experience you will have.

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 8:12 p.m. CST

    sorry - thatwas for mastidon...

    by The Brain Machine

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 8:33 p.m. CST


    by CoachBombay

    i'll wait for the 3D remake from michael bay.

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 8:36 p.m. CST

    Finally...COOL news!

    by Uncle Stan

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 9:10 p.m. CST

    Told You 2 12 2010 would be big

    by TheJudger

    Next time maybe you'll listen.

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 9:14 p.m. CST

    No news on the Daredevil reboot getting the greenlight?

    by D.Vader

    Sigh *shakes head in shame*.

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 10:34 p.m. CST

    I don't know any German, so Im not interested

    by Watch_The_Birdie

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 10:45 p.m. CST

    its not in 3d?

    by brabon300

    so it must suck

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 10:53 p.m. CST

    Is it the fact that it's going to be streamed?

    by tangcameo

    Because the chain theatre here in Saskatoon, SK, Canada just played the restored version, complete with city orchestra.

  • Feb. 9, 2010, 12:33 a.m. CST


    by reflecto

  • Feb. 9, 2010, 1:17 a.m. CST


    by MrPoop

    I was wondering off and on when this was finally going to come out after I read about the lost footage being found. Looks like I will have to wait a little more for it to come over here to the States, but good to hear the restoration is finished.

  • Feb. 9, 2010, 2:18 a.m. CST

    Saw the Moroder version in the theater as a kid

    by Cagliostro

    and sacrilege or not, it was quite a step more entertaining and memorable than the original. Looking forward to this though.

  • Feb. 9, 2010, 3:51 a.m. CST

    arte will show the film in HD on feb the 12th

    by zarl

    Arte will show the film on friday, the 12th of feb on there regular tv. BUT there is also "arte HD" via satelite, and arte will show the movie in HD as well via "arte HD" at the same time. More info in english about the whole project here :

  • Feb. 9, 2010, 4:32 a.m. CST

    FWIW : Arte is also available in Belgium

    by V'Shael

    and other places which aren't France and Germany

  • Feb. 9, 2010, 5:08 a.m. CST

    yeah Merrick metropolis is a class sci-fi movie

    by TheManWhoCan

    still weirdly accesable today. much more entertaining than so called classics like 2001. (i still think you have transformers 1&2 on your dvd shelf though)

  • Feb. 9, 2010, 5:17 a.m. CST

    regarding the amount of time it took

    by TheManWhoCan

    to remaster a german movie.<p> well, theres nothing like 2 world wars and a holocaust to put such projects on the backburner!

  • Feb. 9, 2010, 6:05 a.m. CST

    Wonderful news. Isn't it great we live in a time where

    by Mr Nicholas

    technology can restore old movies and make them look as good as new? Can't wait for this on Blu Ray.

  • Feb. 9, 2010, 6:09 a.m. CST

    Aah what the Christ

    by Anything But Tangerines

    Giorgio Moroder and Freddie Mercury?! I think it did at one point have an intended score, and I can guaran-damn-tee you it was not 80's shit. That's not the point, however. Fuck the soundtrack, Metropolis is about the extreme technological leap forward in cinema, and how it was almost forgotten. I couldn't care less about whoever is scoring it, just imagine the myriad different interpretations filmgoers heard back then from whoever was playing the music there at the time. Focus on the great uncovered footage.

  • Feb. 9, 2010, 6:19 a.m. CST

    @Anything But Tangerines

    by peschi

    problem with the moroder version is also its butchered version of the original release. so not only youre listening to some amazing crappy 80's disco, you also get half the movie.

  • Feb. 9, 2010, 7:15 a.m. CST

    news flash... old films are hard to watch

    by MurderMostFowl

    You must remember to appreciate it as art. <BR><BR>When the medium was new, anything looked good. As soon as someone with some imagination got behind the camera, it was herald as genius. <BR><BR> Most anything before the the mid 1930's is massively boring if you are expecting it to have a compelling story.

  • Feb. 9, 2010, 8:16 a.m. CST

    news flash... old films are full of transvestites

    by Anything But Tangerines

    all a them faggity ass actas always was all dressed up like faggits and shit an they was always wearin makeup and shit like mascara o wutteva. That shit was naastay nomesayin. an the fuckin music? shiit. i aint herd some shit like that since my grammas grammas gramma was a baby nomesayin. daaam they was some bad fuckin movies back in da day nigga. fo reel

  • Feb. 9, 2010, 8:24 a.m. CST

    More Premiere Info

    by ByTor

    The North American premiere will be at the Turner Classic Movies film festival April 22-25 in Hollywood. <P> @tangcameo: What you saw wasn't the version with the brand-new footage; it was the 2002 restoration.

  • Feb. 9, 2010, 9:58 a.m. CST

    for those who don't know any German...

    by ratpack223

    There's gonna be a premiere of the restored movie ib Berlin. Restored film and restored soundtrack with a full orchestra. The website is a TV-channel called ARTE, a german/french art-thingy. They will broadcast live from the premiere, no internet livestream, certaily not of film.

  • Feb. 9, 2010, 10 a.m. CST


    by ratpack223

    it's all part of the Berlin Filmfestival.

  • Feb. 9, 2010, 10 a.m. CST


    by ratpack223

    it's all part of the Berlin Filmfestival.

  • Feb. 9, 2010, 10:18 a.m. CST

    did they find 35mm source material????

    by elcapullo

    I thought the missing footage was available only as a low quality 16mm print. Did they find a 35mm version somewhere to create this newly restored version? Because that print material, even after digital cleanup, still looked like crap.

  • Feb. 9, 2010, 11:31 a.m. CST

    you don't need the @

    by WickedJacob

    this isn't fucking twitter. What the hell is up with "@" everywhere all of a sudden?

  • Feb. 9, 2010, 11:41 a.m. CST

    elcapullo - yes, it's from a 35mm source.

    by detinue

    If you read the links in the article above, a while back they found a 35mm print of the original uncut movie in a museum in Argentina.

  • Feb. 9, 2010, 12:41 p.m. CST

    no, it's from a 16mm source. arte will also broadcast in hd

    by hornig

    @detinue: the missing segments are from a 16mm copy arte will also broadcast in hd

  • Feb. 9, 2010, 2:17 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    This is the first time i ever been disapointed with a post from you. You dislike Metropolis because it's "old" and "european"? I'm sorry, my brazilian friend, but that makes no sense whatsoever. A movie is either good or bad. Metropolis has flaws, yes, which i'm well aware of, but they are nothing to do with it being old or european, whatever that means.

  • Feb. 9, 2010, 2:47 p.m. CST

    No 35mm; yes 16mm

    by ByTor

    As others have pointed out, detinue, the missing footage is from a 16mm source. <P> We shall have to wait and see just how well they were able to clean it up.

  • "Most anything before the the mid 1930's is massively boring if you are expecting it to have a compelling story." did you actually have seen Metropolis? Its one of the best scifi movies ever made, not because its a "art" movie, but because the story is compelling en encompasses many genres. It should appeal to you, it also has explosions in it.

  • Feb. 9, 2010, 5:11 p.m. CST


    by ByTor

    "Most anything before the the mid 1930's is massively boring if you are expecting it to have a compelling story." <P> That could be the single dumbest thing I've ever read in a talkback. Which is saying something. <P> Hey MurderMostFowl, how do you define "compelling story?" I ask because I'm looking at films like Battleship Potemkin, All Quiet on the Western Front, Dracula, Little Caesar, Public Enemy -- PUBLIC FUCKING ENEMY -- and on and on and wondering just what the hell you're thinking.

  • Feb. 9, 2010, 5:40 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Just forget it, freind. You can't reason with a reasoning like that. I thank my lucky stars that i'm capable of appreciating the "old, boring" stuff.

  • Feb. 9, 2010, 9:50 p.m. CST

    Here she comes, here she comes . . .

    by kabong

  • Feb. 10, 2010, 1:05 a.m. CST

    It'll be simulatenously on tv on Friday!

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    Well at least over here. :-D<p>I'm really looking forward to this event! Can't wait to see METROPOLIS in its restored glory!

  • Feb. 10, 2010, 6:24 a.m. CST

    restored material...

    by elcapullo

    The problem is that the restored 35mm segments (most of the movie) looked sensational, whereas the 16mm segments were from not only a 16mm print, but a bad 16mm print with very low resolution, so there's no amount of cleanup that can make it look decent. When play against each other the difference in quality is not only very obvious but jarring. Still, amazing to see the extra stuff (Maria being based on Fredersen's first wife, which Rotwang also loved). C'mon people, someone in New Joysee must have a 35mm print of this in their basement!! and be on the lookout for the complete version of GREED while you're at it!!

  • Feb. 11, 2010, 7:27 a.m. CST

    @ ricarleite2 - Another innovator

    by The StarWolf

    While modern science fiction movies owe a lot to METROPOLIS, one mustn't forget that before the excellent METROPOLIS, there was Melies' TRIP TO THE MOON which kicked off the idea of cinematic SF in 1902.

  • Feb. 11, 2010, 7:35 a.m. CST

    The Moroder version

    by The StarWolf

    Normally, I strongly dislike 'colourized' movies, but I loved the Moroder version of METROPOLIS because the colour he added wasn't to 'colourize' it so much as to add to the atmosphere of a given scene. For me, it worked well, giving many scenes (such as the foot race in the elite's stadium) a haunting, other worldly look and feel. Too, METROPOLIS makes me wish time travel were possible, because I'd love to bring forward whomever was responsible for the METROPOLIS set designs. If someone were to ever tackle bringing the LENSMAN series of novels to the big screen, well, Joh Fredersen's office is how I'd imagine their tech looking like. Lastly, some complain about how the Moroder version was incomplete. Of course. He admits it. But it was the best he could do with recently discovered fragments, along with script and other sources.

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