Germany, 1927, Directed by Fritz Lang, 153 minutes, silent with music accompanied live by The Alloy Orchestra.
The original German title, “Der Himmel über Berlin,” translates literally as The Heavens Over Berlin.
1987, Germany, Directed by Wim Wenders, Rated PG-13, 128 minutes, 35mm print.
The film is about invisible, immortal angels who populate Berlin and listen to the thoughts of the human inhabitants and comfort those who are in distress.
Even though the city is densely populated, many of the people are isolated and estranged from their loved ones. One of the angels, played by Bruno Ganz, falls in love with a beautiful, lonely trapeze artist. The angel chooses to become human so that he can experience the human sensory pleasures, ranging from enjoying food to touching a loved one.
The film is shot in both a rich, sepia-toned black-and-white and color, with the former being used to represent the world as experienced by the angels. Wikipedia©
Friday and Saturday at 7:00 & 9:30 pm, Sunday through Tuesday at 7:00 pm only, Saturday & Sunday matinee at 2:00 pm
With its dizzying depiction of a futuristic cityscape and alluring female robot, “Metropolis” is among the most famous of all German films and the mother of sci-fi cinema.
Directed by the legendary Fritz Lang, its jaw-dropping production values, iconic imagery, and modernist grandeur remain as powerful as ever.
Drawing on - and defining - classic sci-fi themes, Metropolis depicts a dystopian future in which society is thoroughly divided in two: while anonymous workers conduct their endless drudgery below ground, their rulers enjoy a decadent life of leisure and luxury.
When Freder ventures into the depths in search of the beautiful Maria, plans of rebellion are revealed and a Maria-replica robot is programmed by mad inventor, Rotwang, and master of Metropolis, Joh Fredersen, to incite the workers into a self-destructive riot.
Metropolis is presented here in a newly reconstructed and restored version, as lavish and spectacular as ever thanks to the painstaking archival work of the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung and the discovery of 25 minutes of footage previously thought lost to the world.
Lang's enduring epic can finally be seen - for the first time in 83 years - as the director originally intended, and as seen by German cinema-goers in 1927. Rotten Tomatoes©
Wednesday, January 30th at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall in the Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond. Tickets available only at the Redfern Arts Center Box Office.
This event is part of the Putnam Film event series.
To request accommodations for a disability, please contact the coordinator at least two weeks prior to the event.