CINEMA - METROPOLIS

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Lot 15
CINEMA - METROPOLIS

Sold for £ 6,240 (US$ 7,789) inc. premium
CINEMA - METROPOLIS
Album containing 100 gelatin silver prints, comprising stills and production shots from Fritz Lang's Metropolis, in a contemporary green reversed leather album, oblong 4to (images 162 x 120mm.), [1927]

Footnotes

  • A fine collection of photographs taken on the set of Fritz Lang's celebrated expressionist film Metropolis, which was shot in the Babelsberg Studios in Berlin during the brief years of the Weimar Republic, and whose extravagant sets and huge cast nearly bankrupted the studios.

    Fritz Rasp, who features in many of the images, played the role of the 'The Thin Man' sent to spy on Freder. Sadly this sub-plot and his masterful presence were all but removed from the prints which survived the cuts made by the studio to reduce the long running time. However, in the 1980s the Munich Filmmuseum began to try to piece together the original, and a 1927 original negative was found, albeit partly decomposed. A newly restored version was released in time for the film's 75th anniversary in 2002.

    The images include many of the enduring scenes of the film: shots of the lavish sets, models and crowd scenes (including the 'Tower of Babel', the flood and Maria's 'funeral pyre'), Fritz Lang directing the actors (several scenes with the robot) and the cinematographers, together with set designers, make-up artists and other technicians in action.
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