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article imageBerlin: the original Metropolis premiered at the Brandenburg Tor Special

By Riccardo Valsecchi     Feb 13, 2010 in Entertainment
Berlin - The restored original version of Fritz Lang's masterpiece was presented on Feb. 12 during an outdoor screening in front of the Brandenburg Tor in Berlin for the 60th anniversary of the Berlinale.
On Feb. 12., more than 2,000 people attended the outdoor screening of the original version of “Metropolis”, Fritz Lang’s cult movie which has influenced many other cult movies, from “Blade Runner” to “Fahrenheit 451” and “Star Wars.”
Premiered in Berlin on Jan. 1927, in the beginning the movie was a flop because of the excessive length. For this reason, it was heavily cut. Several new versions emerged, the most famous of which is the 114 min. American release.
For many years, it was believed that the original cut had been lost, but in 2008 some film experts announced that a 16 mm reduction negative of it had been discovered in the archives of the Museo del Cine in Buenos Aires. This version runs over 210 min. in length and features many lost scenes.
After an hard work of restoration, the original version of the movie was showed tonight at the Brandenburg Tor. The event was presented by Eberhard Junkersdorf, director of the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung, which commissioned the restoration, Klaus Wowereit, Major of Berlin, Bernd Neumann, German Minister of Culture, Dieter Kosslick, director of the Berlin International Film Festival and Christina Kim, the artist who has prepared the special curtain which covers the Brandenburg Tor until the end of the Berlinale.
The outdoor screening of the original version of  the cult movie “Metropolis” at the Brandenburg...
The outdoor screening of the original version of the cult movie “Metropolis” at the Brandenburg Tor on Feb. 12
The movie was projected on a big screen in front of the monument and, in the same time, at the Friedrichstadtpalast, with the accompaniment of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester directed by Frank Strobel.
“I thought on a cold snowy night like tonight there might be two people standing outside watching at the Brandenburg Tor,” said Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick. “But there are more than 2,000 out there. It’s incredible.”
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