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Metropolis Program
July 10, 2012 9:44 PM   Subscribe

March 21, 1927, Marble Arch Pavilion, London. Fritz Lang's Metropolis receives its British premiere, and the audience was handed programs on their way into the auditorium. Today, only three copies are known to survive. Fortunately for us, the entire program is available to read online.
posted by hippybear (11 comments total) 34 users marked this as a favorite

The cover of that program? Want so bad (in large poster format).
posted by benito.strauss at 10:00 PM on July 10, 2012 [1 favorite]

@benito.strauss: You can get the illustration with slightly different framing lots of places. It may be labeled as one of the French posters for the film.
posted by 23 at 10:25 PM on July 10, 2012 [1 favorite]

The backstory about the kids was worth reading.
posted by latkes at 10:36 PM on July 10, 2012

So cool! Thanks for the link, hippybear!
posted by Kevin Street at 11:01 PM on July 10, 2012

I am reminded of early computer games with their big boxes and stylish and large books and accompanying novellas and design notes, all encompassing some 8-bit wonder with some low-resolution sprites and wet beeping noises, still regarded with reverence for its amazing contemporary creativity and novelty.
posted by alasdair at 11:02 PM on July 10, 2012

It reminds me of the magazines they used to put out for movies like Total Recall and Terminator 2. (And the plethora of supplemental mags like Starlog and Cinefantastique.) I'd read them over and over, memorizing every detail before the movies came out. This magazine was given to people on their way into the movie, but it's easy to imagine some kid in 1927 reading the covers off this as he saved up to see Metropolis again.
posted by Kevin Street at 11:09 PM on July 10, 2012 [2 favorites]

A thousand bald heads went into its production!

This is wonderful, thank you.
posted by WPW at 12:29 AM on July 11, 2012

Nice one, hippybear!
posted by rmmcclay at 2:40 AM on July 11, 2012

(And the plethora of supplemental mags like Starlog and Cinefantastique.)

I was going to say; it's just like Starlog, only from the 20s! Truly, the urge for fannish ephemera is eternal! I imagine there were clay tablet follow ups on the making of Gilgamesh....
posted by GenjiandProust at 5:45 AM on July 11, 2012 [1 favorite]

It's so weird to see Freder referred to as Eric. ERIC? It's like learning Thor's name is actually Todd.

(nothing wrong with Todd of course)
posted by hanoixan at 5:55 AM on July 11, 2012

Wow. It's basically a DVD extra in print from 90 years ago.

The story about the kids is indeed very interesting. I assume the kids went back to their shoddy accomodations in Berlin after living at Babelberg.. poor sods.

Also, the insanity of actually using six thousand extras.. Theatre on an epic scale!
posted by Harry at 1:02 PM on July 11, 2012

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