Sheffield Civic Trust is delighted to support a programme of built environment themed films with the Showroom Cinema.

The season opened, with a newly discovered and restored print of Fritz Lang‘s Metropolis (1927), a German expressionist film in the science-fiction genre, at the Showroom.  The film will be screened at 2pm and 8pm from today (Friday) through until next Thursday 23 September 2010 when an additional 11am early bird showing will be available.

This is the first in our ‘Building Visions’ series:  A programme of visually stunning films themed around  ‘Architecture , Place  and Society’  to be screened by The Showroom  Cinema over the next six months as part of an innovative partnership with Sheffield Civic Trust.

Made in 1927 and set in the year 2000, the imagination behind this seminal cinematic visualisation of future cityscapes continues to enthral audiences with its dystopian and highly styled content.

According to Wikipedia, ‘Metropolis was cut substantially after its German premiere, and much footage was lost over the passage of successive decades.  There have been several efforts to restore it, as well as discoveries of previously lost footage.  A 2001 reconstruction of Metropolis, shown at the Berlin Film Festival, was inscribed on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register in that same year.   In 2008, a copy of the film 30 minutes longer than any other known surviving copy was located in Argentina.  After a long period of restoration in Germany, the restored film was shown publicly for the first time simultaneously at Berlin and Frankfurt on 12 February 2010.’

This version of the print is the most complete surviving copy that very nearly restores Metropolis to its full running time of approximately two and a half hours. This is a unique opportunity  to be among the first to see this remarkably preserved find on the big screen where it undoubtedly belongs.

The next film in the programme, Peter Greenaway’s The Draughtsman’s Contract (1982), will also be screened at the Showroom in November.

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