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Fri Aug 16, 2013, 09:57 PM

Just scored a DVD of the COMPLETE & ORIGINAL Fritz Lang's 'Metropolis'

Already had one of the many abbreviated versions but not until recently has the entire movie been available. Don't know how many of you like silent films, but I do and collect copies of the rarest when I can. It's impossible to fully appreciate modern work w/o knowing the background on which it's based. Most enduring cinematic technique originated in the silent film era. Today it might be louder and slicker, but it stands on grand shoulders. As something of an armchair sociologist and historian, I enjoy learning not only what people in different ages were like, but how they wanted to be perceived - which tells a lot about what they were really like.

Many of my favorite books were written before 1925 also. In the 8 short years I've been retired in this tiny MidWest town, it's amazing how many books a hundred years old and older that I've found in yard sales and even at library sales. Well, this is one of the oldest settlements in the Louisiana Purchase, and most people born here tend to stay put until they die, at which time the kids start getting rid of their grandparents' supposed junk.

Anyway, I digress as usual.... Some of my favorite silent films include DW Griffith's 'Intolerance', and 'Wings' and 'Jericho' (Paul Robeson). I've got most of the latter's talkies, too.

The one that eludes me is the original b&w version of 'The Wind That Shakes the Barley'. If anyone knows where/when I can pick up a fairly priced copy, I'd appreciate the notice. Never got to see it, but I understand it even has footage of Michael Collins.

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Sat Aug 17, 2013, 09:54 AM

1. I've seen "Metropolis" only once...

...and that would have been at a university screening back in the 1980s, so I'm not certain what the particular cut of the film was. We also watch Berlin: Symphony of a Great City (recommended) and of course The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Those are two for you to consider, unless you are limiting your diet of German media.

I'm curious to know the origin of your Metropolis. Is this a Criterion Collection work or similar?

Also, I had never heard of this earlier film entitled The Wind That Shakes the Barley, though the theme interests me. Till now I'd only heard of a more recent film (with Cillian Murphy, I think) by that title.

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Sat Aug 17, 2013, 11:25 AM

2. Good to hear from another silent movie buff

I didn't see anything about Criterion on the ad copy, but I know they have this 'complete' (about 8 minutes lost forever) version for a lot more $. Theatrical re-release of the restored version had been anticipated in 2010; don't know if they made the deadline. Don't know exactly when the DVD hit the market, but it couldn't have been long. Every time I award myself play $, I usually start looking for special DVDs.

Here's where I found mine:


If you order by phone, make sure they don't accidentally ship you a lesser version which they also have available. I notice this morning at 10:16 CST they still have a few of the original 'complete' version left.

As for German cinema, I've always been a huge fan. So of course I have 'The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari' - it's a must. But I also enjoy later films such as 'The Marriage of Eva Braun' (great ending) and 'Das Boot'. Foreign film in general pleases me. Have to admit, however, that I don't yet have the entire Red, White, and Blue collection - I'm still missing the latter.

For a long time you couldn't get 'Matewan' on DVD for love or $, but I notice it advertised now and then.

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