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The False Maria, Rotwang . . . and you?

Posted by Mark Feeney  May 26, 2010 02:28 PM

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2005-11-metropolis-poster-big[1].jpg For some of us, the biggest movie event of the season isn't "Iron Man 2" or "Toy Story 3" or even that Adam Sandler movie where the little kids notice their dads trying to get away with peeing in the swimming pool. It's the newly restored version of "Metropolis," which adds 30 minutes of footage previously thought to be lost (it was discovered in a Buenos Aires film archive in 2008).

Yes, "Metropolis," Fritz Lang's 1927 epic folly/masterpiece. It's great. It's ridiculous. It's overwhelming. And it's about as influential as any movie ever made. It's also the most expensive silent movie ever made, the "Avatar" of its time. (The idea of Lang working with 3D and CGI is thrilling, terrifying, and extremely intriguing.)

"Metropolis" opens at the Coolidge Corner -- the perfect place to see such a vintage filmic spectacle -- for a one-week run starting Friday, June 4. For that evening's 8 o'clock show, the movie will have live accompaniment from the Alloy Orchestra. (All other screenings will have the movie's original orchestral score on the soundtrack.)

If you've never seen "Metropolis," you really owe it to yourself to do so. And if you've never seen it with the Alloys accompanying it with their magnificent metal machine music (Lou Reed, eat your eardrums out), you really owe it to yourself. Moviegoing experiences like this are few and very far between.

Tickets are $20. The Coolidge people report that sales are already brisk.


Not a bad way to spend a Friday night, right?

rotfalse.jpgThe False Maria and her creator, Rotwang.

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