Saturday, July 5, 2008

Welcome home, Maria

"There can be no understanding between the hands and the brain unless the heart acts as mediator."

An amazing thing happened this last week, as footage long believed lost from Fritz Lang's Metropolis - almost a quarter of the film - was discovered in Buenos Aires. This is the most important cinematic find of the 21st century, and it probably doesn't even rate a mention on news programs that regularly blabber on about this week's box office results.

It's amazing to think that a BluRay release of a complete, restored version will be in our hands in 2009. That will definitely be worth our having a silent Mad Movie Party (along side the recently restored, beautiful Kino print of Nosferatu.

Here's a German news story that actually includes some of the previously-believed-lost footage:

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