On January 10, 1927, Fritz Lang's masterpiece Metropolis premiered in Berlin. After the initial release, the film was cut down substantially from its original 153 minute run time, as theater owners were unwilling to show films longer than 90 minutes. As a result, the movie was heavily edited, and nearly one fifth of the original film was considered lost.
In 2011, members of the Neurovoltaic Orchestra discovered several film canisters at a garage sale in the Haight-Ashbury. Purchased on a whim for $2, these canisters revealed a 16mm working print of the original film in its entirety. After a careful and painstaking restoration process, audiences can now see Fritz Lang's original vision for this masterpiece of sci-fi storytelling.
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