Fritz Lang’s (1890–1976) Metropolis (1927) is one of the best-known future fantasies in the cinematic history. It has kept its status as an early milestone of its genre. The film was made in a time when machines were both worshipped and feared. Metropolis is a horror vision of a mechanical, industrial and urban culture. It is a grim story of a future city that is owned by a single person and that has a clear-cut class division in the year 2000. The price to be paid for the brave new world and the ruling “master people” is the working “slave people”, who toil deep underground under the command of Robot Maria without any liberties – human as a part of a machine.

Metropolis is the “peak of madness” for the film industry of the 1920s Weimar Republic and the golden years of its most significant production company UFA. The cost of the film was four times the evaluation, and it is the pinnacle of the madness of the era. Metropolis is the first science fiction feature film whose futuristic visions have influenced numerous notable films in the genre. It is one of the few films of its time that are still played. As a prophecy of the future, it has been nightmarishly insightful. The highlights of Lang’s ambitious epic are the special effects, gigantic set pieces and thousands of extras – there are over a thousand bald people in a crowd. The tower of Babel, the enormous clock and the skyscrapers create a stunning visual impact.

Metropolis was finished in October 1926. It was slammed on the first screenings, and it never appealed to large audiences. After the premiere, it was pulled from circulation, recut and shortened into different versions. The most grandiose of UFA’s films, the gigantic Metropolis nearly bankrupted the company.

The original score by Gottfried Huppertz (1887–1937) conveys the symphonic structure of Metropolis. A half an hour’s worth of missing episodes of Metropolis were found in Buenos Aires in 2008. The 147-minute version was restored in Germany and premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 2010. To celebrate our 50 years of history, the Tampere Film Festival together with the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra and Tampere Hall will present this version on 7th of March in the Main Auditorium of Tampere Hall. The concert is conducted by the German film music greatness Frank Strobel.

  • Raimo “Rake” Silius

Metropolis

7.3. SAT/LA 19:00 | TAMPERE-TALO |

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Language/kieli: | Duration/kesto: 147 min

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METROPOLIS

Fritz Lang | Germany 1926 | Fiction | 147 min

FILMPHILHARMONIC EDITION

Film by courtesy of Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung.

Music by courtesy of EUROPEAN FILMPHILHARMONIC INSTITUTE on behalf of ZDF/ARTE.

The 2010 restored version of Metropolis is given a fresh treatment in March 2020 at the Tampere Film Festival 50th anniversary concert where the film is accompanied by the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra at Tampere Hall.

Gottfried Huppertz’s classical and modernist score creates the mood for the visually stunning film. The concert is conducted by Frank Strobel who has previously performed the piece with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

Fritz Lang’s Metropolis is a science fiction landmark and one of the first feature films of the genre. Released in 1927, Metropolis was a massive production in its time with a year and a half of filming and a budget the equivalent of 13 million euros. The highlights of Lang’s ambitious epic are the impressive special effects, gigantic set pieces and thousands of extras. The Tower of Babel, the enormous clock and the skyscrapers create a stunning visual impact.

Production: Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, Tampere Hall and Tampere Film Festival

Tampere Film Festivalin 50-vuotisen historian kunniaksi Metropolis nähdään maaliskuussa 2020 upeana yhteistuotantona, jossa mykkäelokuvan klassikon vuonna 2010 entisöityä versiota Tampere-talon Isossa salissa säestää Tampere Filharmonia.

Visuaalisesti häikäisevän kauniin elokuvan tunnelman luo Gottfried Huppertzin säveltämä klassisen musiikin perinteestä ja modernismista ammentava alkuperäismusiikki. Konsertin kapellimestarina toimii saksalainen elokuvamusiikin suurnimi Frank Strobel, joka on johtanut Metropoliksen aiemmin muun muassa Berliinin filharmonikkojen kanssa.

Fritz Langin ohjaama Metropolis on tieteisfiktion merkkipaalu ja yksi lajityypin ensimmäisiä koko illan elokuvia. Weimarin Saksassa vuonna 1927 valmistunut dystooppinen tulevaisuudenkuva oli aikansa suurtuotanto. Sitä kuvattiin puolitoista vuotta budjetilla, joka nykyrahassa vastaisi noin 13 miljoonaa euroa. Langin suurtyön kohokohtia ovat vaikuttavat erikoistehosteet, jättimäiset lavasteet ja tuhannet avustajat. Baabelin torni, valtava kello ja pilvenpiirtäjät ovat unohtumattomia ja ikonisia kuvia.

Tuotanto: Tampere Filharmonia, Tampere-talo ja Tampere Film Festival