Fritz Lang’s classic METROPOLIS gets new footage and a new score at the Place Des Arts tonight!

No matter how many overhauls Fritz Lang’s classic cautionary sci-fi tale Metropolis gets (including several restored releases and countless alternative scores including the now-famous effort by Giorgio Moroder and friends in the 80s), Lang’s dystopian vision never ceases to amaze or welcome new interpretations. Metropolis inspired the elaborate future cities in Just Imagine (1930) and Things to Come (1936), as well as the much later Blade Runner (1982) and The Fifth Element (1997 – filtered through the imagination of French graphic artist Moebius), and each time it hits the big screen is a chance for it to be rediscovered by a whole new generation of film fans.

Now, with 25 minutes of additional footage (originally believed to be lost) and a brand new score by Gabriel Thibaudeau (composer, conductor, and pianist for the Cinémathèque québécoise, and ranked among the world’s great silent-film accompanists) which he will perform with a 13-piece orchestra live at the screening, Montrealers will get the epic experience that Lang’s masterwork deserves.

The Globe and Mail interviewed Gabriel Thibaudeau today about the challenges of working with such a renowned film, and about exemplifying its themes through music:


METROPOLIS plays Wednesday July 28th at 7:30pm at the Salle Wilfrid Pelletier (Place des Arts), with live orchestral accompaniment performing a new score by Gabriel Thibaudeau.

More information including film description, credits, images and trailer on the film page HERE.

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  1. I just wanted to take this opportunity to say that I had a wonderful time at the Fantasia Gala last night.

    The live orchestra added a lot of magic to it, and was overwhelmed by the long standing ovation at the end of the show. For some, I think it was their first experience with Metropolis. The Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier was at full capacity, I had never seen it so full. I think this movie will never die, since it’s being kept alive with people who care enough to find, restore and add deleted scenes; composers who are still inspired by it and do completely new soundtrack with different styles; and fans that still keep demanding such events to be seen. Fantasia scored big on this one, a big thank you in bringing this beloved piece to fans once more.

    Karina Ruiz Diaz on July 29, 2010 at 9:58 am

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