A Live Orchestra Accompanying a Screening of ‘Metropolis’? Yes, please.

July 21, 2011 at 3:20 pm

The old has become new again (again). Fritz Lang’s genre-defining 1927 science fiction film “Metropolis” has been restored and remastered from a print discovered in Buenos Aires in 2008.

Even better? The Alloy Orchestra, famous for composing original music to accompany silent films, will perform live alongside an August 4 screening of the film at the Prospect Park Bandshell in Brooklyn as part of the Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival.

“Metropolis,” according to New York Times film critic A.O. Scott, is “a masterpiece of visionary silent cinema…Just about every science-fiction movie you can think of pays tribute to its influence, but to date none has matched its strangeness or its prophetic power.”

New York-based cellist Marika Hughes will perform with Alloy Orchestra, adding her own unique sound.

A trailer for Fritz Lang’s restored “Metropolis” (1927).

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MetroFocus is made possible by James and Merryl Tisch, the Anderson Family Fund, Judy and Josh Weston, Bernard and Irene Schwartz, the Sylvia A. and Simon B. Poyta Programming Endowment to Fight Anti-Semitism, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, the Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, The Dorothy Schiff Endowment for News and Public Affairs Programming, Jody and John Arnhold, Rosalind P. Walter, Ellen and James S. Marcus, the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation, Laura and Jim Ross.


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