Post by Michael Black Post by hector Post by Michael Black Post by Obveeus
Wasn't it already redone, sort of?
About 1984, Giorgio Moroder had a version out, with a pop soundtrack.
But I only saw it once, when it was released, so I can't remember if any
of it was tamptered with. Of course, the music was quite different.
I did get the "original" on DVD a few years back, that one's supposed to
be a restored version. I've only watched it once, and that was the only
time other than the Moroder version that I'd seen it.
The Giorgio Moroder version was the most up to date version at the time.
I think he did a good version of the movies opening part too.
Some bits of Metropolis, not sure what they were, had been found in
Canberra, Australia, maybe the library, which I've been to once, and
had watched two silent Louise Brooks movies there.
That's what I remember, it came when they had some lost footage. But I
only saw it once, so I cant' remember if they tampered with the story in
Of course, at least one song from the movie used bits of the movie for a
music video, so that got lots of airplay at the time, back when there
were tv channels that aired music videos.
Here in Australia they were broadcasting music videos before MTV, which
helped boost the career of Abba, and I heard, but I don't remember, Devo
were having their clips shown here.
They have shows that broadcast heaps of music videos here, but showing
of old clips is on the rise, due to the paucities of the present age.
I've always had trouble with music videos, and they just seem to get
worse. But Australia also might have been trying to catch up in the 70s
after America was done with shows like Hullabaloo.
I dutifully went to the cinema to see Metropolis back then, in the 80s,
and I saw other screenings of available prints, including one with
almost no soundtrack. The last release, that I know of, on bluray, is
far and away the best one. The Fritz Lang movie, about a trip to the
moon, I haven't managed to find since the 80s.
Post by Michael Black
Post by hector
The latest version makes Metropolis seem more like the story of the
Titanic than ever. The story had always seemed to be a bit silly
before this one came out.
There is a sense of doom in the very modern city which has a better
life for those in the upper part, than in the lower part. Some don't
see it coming. Eventually the lower part floods and those below have
to escape through staircases that are blocked. Interestingly the
Germans seemed to associate science with mysticism or draw for science
from mysticism, which is shown in this movie.