The 1927 film “Metropolis” will show at the Breckenridge Backstage Theatre on Tuesday, Jan. 21, as part of the theater’s Classic Movie Series.
Incorporating more than 25 minutes of newly discovered footage, this 2010 restoration of “Metropolis” is the definitive edition of Fritz Lang’s science-fiction masterpiece. Backed by a new recording of Gottfried Huppertz’s 1927 score, presented here in 5.1 Stereo Surround, the film’s dazzling visual design and special effects are more striking than ever.
John O’Connor will introduce “Metropolis.” John-O, as he’s called, is a local filmmaker with a passion for Lang’s work. “Metropolis” is one of his all-time favorite films, and at Tuesday’s screening, he’ll be sharing interesting, behind-the-scenes facts about this treasured film.
A futuristic story
In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city’s mastermind falls in love with a working-class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.
“Metropolis” is largely considered one of the best films of the silent era. Its impeccable level of craft and imagery is matched by a storyline so dripping with substance that we forgive any elements which seem confusing or overly familiar. Most of all, “Metropolis” is one of the foundation stones of modern filmmaking, in science fiction and beyond. It is expressionist cinema at its absolute best and a real must-see for all film fans.
The film was so influential on “Superman” creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster that they named their character’s city after it. Footage of this film was used in the British Rock band Queen’s Music Video for “Radio Ga Ga,” the robot inspired the look for C-3PO in “Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope,” and “Dr. Who” fans will recognize the robot as one of the cyber-men.
“Metropolis” inspired so many favorite science fiction films that you’ll be saying, “That’s where that came from” over and over again. If you have never seen it, a big screen is really necessary to capture the spectacle.
February’s film is the People’s Choice for Romance, “Casablanca” on Tuesday, Feb. 18. Concessions are available for all film screenings, including beer, wine and mixed drinks. For more information about the Classic Film Series, visit www.backstagetheatre.org or call the box office at (970) 453 0199.