Metropolis (1927) The New Pollutants Score
Metropolis, released in 1927, is a seminal silent science-fiction film directed by Fritz Lang. This cinematic masterpiece is not only a landmark in the history of cinema but also a crucial subject of study in film studies classes. It is known for its groundbreaking visual effects, innovative storytelling, and profound influence on the science fiction genre.
Metropolis unfolds in a dystopian future where society is sharply divided between the wealthy elite who live in luxury above ground and the oppressed workers toiling in grim conditions below the earth’s surface. The story follows Freder, the privileged son of the city’s ruler, who becomes infatuated with Maria, a compassionate worker advocating for better conditions. Freder’s pursuit of Maria leads him to uncover dark secrets and a plot that could threaten the entire city.
The film explores themes of class struggle, industrialization, and the consequences of unchecked technological advancement. Its visual storytelling and set design remain awe-inspiring, with iconic scenes like the transformation of Maria into a robotic double.
MOONFLIX 2023 REMASTER
moonflix Restoration and Colorization
moonflix, in collaboration with breakthrough AI colorization software developed in-house, brings you this stunning 4K Blu-ray restoration and colorization of Metropolis. This restoration breathes new life into the film, bringing out details and nuances that were previously unseen.
The New Pollutants’ Original Rescore
Accompanying the restoration is the original rescore by The New Pollutants, which offers a fresh auditory experience while respecting the film’s historical significance. The haunting and atmospheric music adds depth to the viewing, creating an emotional connection between the audience and the characters.
Metropolis is celebrated for its groundbreaking special effects, especially for its time. Fritz Lang and his team employed innovative techniques to create the sprawling cityscape and the iconic robot, Maria. The use of miniatures, double exposures, and matte paintings set new standards for the industry, inspiring generations of filmmakers.
The film explores themes that remain relevant today, including the dangers of unchecked technological advancement, the dehumanizing effects of industrialization, and the stark divisions between social classes. Its visual motifs, such as the “Machine-Man” and the “Tower of Babel,” serve as powerful symbols that continue to captivate and intrigue scholars and enthusiasts alike.
Directed by Fritz Lang
Produced by Erich Pommer
Screenplay by Thea von Harbou
Art Direction by Otto Hunte, Erich Kettelhut, and Karl Vollbrecht
Cinematography by Karl Freund and Günther Rittau
Music by The New Pollutants
Restored, colorized, and upscaled by moonflix, LLC
RECEPTION AND LEGACY
Upon its release, Metropolis received mixed critical reviews, with some praising its visual spectacle and others criticizing its complex plot. However, over the years, it has gained recognition as a cinematic masterpiece and a classic of the science fiction genre. Its influence can be seen in countless films that followed, including Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner.”
Metropolis has inspired several adaptations and reinterpretations, including the 2001 anime film “Metropolis” directed by Rintaro and the 2011 feature “Metropolis: Reconstructed & Restored,” which incorporated newly discovered footage.
Original release date:
January 10, 1927