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Stephen O'Riordan <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 13 Mar 1995 13:46:16 CST
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>David Smith writes:
>"If anyone has seen both a reasonable facsimile of Lang's 1926
>METROPOLIS, I would appreciate hearing how titling and
>dialogue were handled in the original.
>And, would anyone agree that an underlying problem of cultural
>confusion has been introduced by Moroder in his determination
>to make a commercially-viable project out of his 'restoration,'
>through the overlay of a 1970's Italian pop design sensibility on
>a 1920's German film. (I must admit some of the original footage
>is of dubious merit, even in glorious black and white - Lang might
>better have stuck to his wonderful machinery montages and left
>well enough alone).
>By the way, was the project commercially successful?"
>The Morodor version is listed by Maltin at 87 minutes, compared to 120 for
>the original!  I assume there was some hacking away done (although
>projection speed--or printing to compensate for silent speed) might be a
>factor.  I'm sure someone out there can fill us in on that.  I'm also
>curious how the "monochrome" colorization compares to whatever original
>tinting might have been used.
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We have Metropolis list in our catalog as 120 min. silent speed (18 fps) &
87 min. at 24fps.
Stephen O'Riordan
Film/Video Archives
Media Center, UCSD
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