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Metropolis 1984
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METROPOLIS
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METROPOLIS - 1927/1984
USA Release: March 13, 1984
Universum Film (UFA)
Rated: N/A

METROPOLIS color tinted, colorized, and re-edited to fit 1980s pop? Yep, it happened and Giorgio Moroder did it.

How does it work? Well the original orchestral music gives the 1927 black and white version a sort of timelessness, whereas 1980s pop from Adam Ant to Pat Benetar somehow age this movie beyond the point of retro and straight into kitsch.


The KINO Lorber 1927 METROPOLIS Restoration trailer

That's not to say it can't be enjoyable with Moroder's soundtrack. Moroder's instrumental pieces still shine in fact, even when the musicians he brought onboard for this "restoration" do not.

Originally praised by critics, their accolades turned sour when it was realized that Moroder wasn't simply preserving old cinema and giving the silent film a modern score (it was a silent film, after all), but that he'd edited it into his personal music video, actually cutting the film down to 83 minutes.

How re-edited? Practically directing the movie from the editor's chair, Moroder's version is distinctly different from Lang's original 1927 masterpiece.

This is not to say I don't enjoy it. To the contrary, I own blu-rays of both the original Fritz Lang as well as the Moroder cut.


Giorgio Moroder's 1984 "PRESENTATION" Trailer

I've learned over the years, however, especially when Loverboy starts caterwalling through a scene, that it's not to everyone's taste.


Giorgio Moroder's Opening Music

In fact, as different as Moroder's version is, as of 2017, IMDb still refuses to give it its own separate page.

Love it, like it, or hate it, Giorgio Moroder's edit exists.

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