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Metropolis, the director’s cut

posted by Jason Kottke   May 07, 2010

A complete copy of the classic film Metropolis has been found in Argentina.

Made at a time of hyperinflation in Germany, “Metropolis” offered a grandiose version — of a father and son fighting for the soul of a futuristic city — that nearly bankrupted the studio that commissioned it, UFA. After lukewarm reviews and initial box office results in Europe, Paramount Pictures, the American partner brought in toward the end of the shoot, took control of the film and made drastic excisions, arguing that Lang’s cut was too complicated and unwieldy for American audiences to understand.

Film Forum in NYC is showing the complete film starting tonight (through May 20).

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