Long-Lost Metropolis Footage Found

While this isn’t about television, it’s so monumental that it gets a free pass here. According to an article in the German magazine Zeit, negatives containing the long-lost footage from the original cut of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis have been discovered in Argentina. Plans for restoration and re-release (in some form) now are underway.

In any culture worthy of that term, this would be major headline news. It’s a phenomenal moment in film history that should be trumpeted by anyone who actually cares about our cultural heritage. I have no idea if outlets such as CNN (not to single them out) care. At least ones such as Sci Fi Wire and Ain’t It Cool News do.

Update: For the sake of posterity, there’s the search of Google News showing the news spreading.

Update: AICN has, from a .pdf file of Zeit’s print edition, photographs of some of the rediscovered footage.

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1 Response to “Long-Lost Metropolis Footage Found”


  1. 1 nypinta

    Not headline, but I cross posted on scifistraightdope.com

    BTW, am I the only one that comments over here?

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