Featuring live musical accompaniment by The Alloy Orchestra!
Fritz Lang’s dystopian epic about life and revolution in a futuristic
city originally premiered in Berlin in January 1927 at a running time of
153 minutes, at the time, the most expensive and ambitious picture ever
made in Europe, but it was immediately subjected to extensive cutting
and re-editing by the producers, and was eventually chopped down to 90
minutes. But even in this somewhat incomprehensible version, it went on
to become an icon of German cinema and a reference point for many future
sci-fi films, including Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner and Tim Burton’s Batman.
In 2002 the F. W. Murnau Foundation released a 127-minute version,
which included intertitles to explain the content of the 26 minutes'
worth of scenes still missing. Hope of discovering the remaining lost
footage had all but evaporated when, in the summer of 2008, a long
version of the film was discovered in the Museo del Cine in Buenos