Lost Metropolis footage found!

July 7, 2008 at 2:50 pm 5 comments

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Most of the previously considered lost footage from Fritz Lang’s Metropolis has been found in Argentina. The full article is here at the Guardian.

I’m not a huge fan of Metropolis. As a fan of silent film, I respect it and admire the way Lang created one of the most important science fiction films ever. But repeated viewings weren’t required for me. However, now that new footage has been “discovered,” it will be interesting to see how they clean up and reincorporate the footage into cuts that are largely accepted as being definitive.

This is also exciting because it is always sad to read about films that have been completely destroyed or lost. In the digital age, this is pretty much impossible. If you want to ensure something lasts forever, upload it to the internet and even if it gets lost in the ether, some digital archeologist can uncover it in time.

However, when it comes to old acetates and physical medium from nearly 100 years ago – these are obviously unrecoverable. Also – as being a fan of old things and wonderful finds, this plays to my fantasies of going in some old barn and finding an old Vespa GL under some hay or an original copy of Propeller on vinyl at some garage sale. Treasures all.

What are some things you’d love to find for a song? We all have treasures we could probably have if we paid enough. But what do wish you could discover in some thrift store for a dime? A first edition? A Velvet Underground acetate? A VHS copy of Desert Warrior?


Entry filed under: Dork Alert!, High Kicks, Movies.

fell right off the internet Sorry – can’t talk now


  • 1. melissalion  |  July 7, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    The rest of the Nag Hamadi library. Except the guy who found it burned a lot of it. So I won’t find it. But whatever. That’s my treasure.

  • 2. Robert  |  July 7, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    (quickly Wikipedias it)

  • 3. melissalion  |  July 7, 2008 at 4:23 pm


  • 4. Charley  |  July 7, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    He’s on dial-up.

  • 5. Robert  |  July 8, 2008 at 7:15 am

    I wikipedia’ed it, and I think I have a few of those in my garage. If so – you want?

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