Museum Finds Missing Reels of Sci-Fi Classic

Film historians rejoice as Fritz Lang's iconic Metropolis is revived
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 5, 2008 9:31 AM CDT
Reporters watch the unearthed lost scenes found from Germany's Fritz Lang's Metropolis film, during its presentation in Buenos Aires, Thursday, July 3, 2008 .   (AP Photo/Eduardo Di Baia)
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(Newser) – The  discovery of long-lost footage from Fritz Lang's futuristic classic Metropolis in the archives of a Buenos Aires museum has given the film world a thrill, reports Der Speigel. Nearly a half-hour of Lang's 1927 vision of 21st-century class struggle can be restored. The new scenes flesh out the characters and add story-telling rhythm to Lang's sprawling tale.

"We were overjoyed when we heard about the find," said the head of the foundation that owns the rights to Metropolis. "The film can now be shown more or less as Lang originally intended it. In terms of understanding what it's about, we'll be seeing a new film."