Sunday, July 13, 2008

Lost Metropolis footage found!

Hooray! They've done the near-impossible. People have found footage thought lost forever from a film that was released originally in 1927.

Full article here: Yahoo: Argentines find lost 'Metropolis' scenes

Metropolis is stunning. For those who don't know about this film, the film takes place in the year 2026, where the human race is divided between the thinkers and workers. The thinkers don’t know how to do anything but plan, and the workers know how to execute the plans but don’t have vision to create plans.

The workers secretly listen to Maria, who wants to find a mediator to link the two halves. The son of the thinker’s leader, Joh Fredersen, travels into the underground to see what his fellow men do. The shock and awe that Joh goes through seeing his fellow men suffer for hours and hours each day to keep his world running smoothly.

Joh’s father decides that Maria must be stopped. To keep everyone in place he contacts Rotwang, the inventor, and they both plan to stop her. Unfortunately Rotwang has other plans for Maria, and his newly created robot.

The film was decades before its time. I'm just glad we'll be able to see it in its (near) entirety soon.

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