One of the most celebrated movies in cinema history--has not been seen in it's full length (approx 2 1/2 hours) since shortly after its premiere in Berlin in 1927 when it was amputated and presumed destroyed.
But, 80 years later, the missing 25 mins have been found. And Fritz Lang's Metropolis will this week start showing at Film Forum and around the country and later out on DVD. (The newly found footage is more grainy so it's easily distinguished from the rest of the film which was partly restored.)
The footage changes the arc of the movie and apparently makes it no longer a science fiction story. Can't wait to see it. It's one of my most favorite films ever.
The route to the discovery of the missing footage reads like Indiana Jones. Read more at the NYT.