metropolis cityscape

. Metropolis, the most important silent film in German history, can from this day on be considered to have been rediscovered. […]

The original version could only be seen in Berlin until May 1927 – from then on it was considered to have been lost forever. Those recently viewing a restored version of the film first read the following insert: “More than a quarter of the film is believed to be lost forever.”

Full Story: Zeit Online

Stills from the newly discovered footage

The newly discovered footage needs to be restored. In the meantime, here’s a free download of a severely edited version

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