Dec. 20, 2010 | 4:44 a.m.

‘Metropolis’ stirs the 21st century soul

As the curtain falls on 2010, the Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine asked the paper’s critics to reflect on a single moment of cultural transcendance this year. Here’s the answer from the paper’s senior film critic, Kenneth Turan… “My moment was a screening on April 25 of the miraculously rediscovered director’s cut of the silent masterpiece Metropolis. Having this Fritz Lang film come back to life, being able to watch it accompanied by the inspired Alloy Orchestra and experiencing it all with a capacity crowd of 2,200 in the still vibrant Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood let me feel more hope about the future of cinema past than I usually allow myself.” — Kenneth Turan RECENT AND RELATED “Phantom of the Opera” plays on after 85 years Lon Chaney’s only talkie hits DVD “Fantomas” strikes! French classic hits DVD “Metropolis”: “A torrent of […]
May 16, 2010 | 3:47 p.m.

Newly restored, ‘Metropolis’ is now ‘powered by a torrent of narrative energy’

Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan has exciting news for fans of “Metropolis,” a signature moment in sci-fi film and a true classic of silent-movie era. This is a longer version of his recent Los Angeles Times Calendar article.   Can anything be more satisfying than finding the last missing pieces to a puzzle, the critical elements that make the whole thing make sense at last? Turning the discovery even sweeter is finding those precious pieces after more than 80 years of fruitless searching, which is why the theatrical release of the newly reconstituted “Metropolis” has electrified the early-film world. As of this past Friday, audiences will be able to see how good it is that what was lost was found, will understand why one grateful expert has said this is “akin to recovering lost books of the Bible. For the […]
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