Fritz Lang’s METROPOLIS is considered by many to be one of the most important silent films ever made, and the foundation of the science fiction movie genre. Kino Lorber’s 2010 restored version includes 25 minutes of previously lost footage that had not been seen since its Berlin debut.
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. This new edition beautifully illustrates the film’s dazzling visual design and special effects, dramatizing the conflict between wealthy über-capitalists and the rebellious subterranean laborers.
Markus Horn will be traveling to the Festival from Hanover, Germany, and is excited to share this ground-breaking film and his original score with Central Coast audiences. His piano soundtrack combines elements of jazz, pop, classical and avant-garde, based on different musical themes with a large proportion of improvisation. This results in a unique, powerful and lyrical accompaniment to the restored version of Fritz Lang’s masterpiece.
The historic SLO Masonic Lodge, built in the early 1920s and located in the center of downtown San Luis Obispo, will be the ideal site for this unique and memorable evening.