Now With 25 Minutes of Lost Footage and Original Musical Score!
Starring: Alfred Abel, Gustav FrÃ¶hlich, Rudolf Klein-Rogge
Length: 145 min
Plot: In Fritz Lang’s brilliant masterpiece, it is the future, and humans are divided into two groups: the thinkers, who make plans (but don’t know how anything works), and the workers, who achieve goals (but don’t have the vision). Completely separate, neither group is complete, but together they make a whole. One man from the “thinkers” dares visit the underground where the workers toil, and is astonished by what he sees…
For decades, all that survived of the first epic Science Fiction film were an incomplete original negative and copies of shortened, re-edited release prints; over a quarter of the film was believed lost. However, in July 2008 Germany’s ‘ZEITmagazin’ reported the discovery (at the Museo del Cine Pablo DucrÃ³s Hicken) of a 16mm dupe negative copy of the original full-length 35mm export print, which had been sent to Argentina in 1928. Examining the reels in Buenos Aires, cinema experts realized that they contained almost all of the missing sequences (around 25 minutes-worth of footage, predominantly those involving the Thin Man who spies on Freder, and worker 11811 heading to and from Yoshiwara). After almost 80 years, the film is now practically complete, barring sections such as Joh Fredersen’s fight with Rotwang. This latest cut of the film, incorporating the extra material from the Argentinian print, premiered at the Berlinale Festival in Berlin on 12th February 2010. It utilizes the original Gottfried Huppertz score.