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Metropolis (1957), silent movie

Story

Metropolis is a silent black and white movie from 1927. There are many different versions of the movie. A movie in a futuristic city which is divided between the working class and the city planners.

Review

Metropolis is a great film, but you might need some patience. The part after the first half of the movie feels a lot faster. The first half has a lot of great parts as well though.

It is mostly a movie which you watch for the visuals in my opinion. It is still worth watching today. Give it a try. The visuals are not only good for the time, but they still are great today.

Don’t get me wrong, there is story in there. It is known as one of the most infuential films of all time. The version which you choose to watch matters though. You want to be able to sit through the whole thing.

Which version?

The remastered version which contains missing footage and has a faster pace than the original movie. The original one has a speed of 16 frames per second. The remastered one often has a speed 24 frames per second, so that it works better with the soundtrack.

The longest version on archive.org is 3 hours and 42 minutes long, but you don’t miss any frames with the remastered one. It is just a bit faster.

There are a bunch of other versions, which I didn’t mention. The list of versions is long.

The version I watched

I watched the remastered version with the score from Ryako. I highly recommend doing the same. The score works great, and highlights darker moments, unlike the other scores for the movie.

I am not just recommending the score, because I like Ryako and her music. I did watch a bit of the movie with the other scores, and I really think that her score fits better.

Just mute the version of archive and play Ryako’s score. It is a better experience. You can play it without buying it. The score is worth the money though.

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