4pm Doors, 4:30 pre-show, 5pm Movie
Fritz Lang’s influential German science-fiction silent film will be brought to life through an electro-acoustic score composed and performed live by award-winning flutist, composer, and educator Yael Acher “KAT” Modiano.
For the pre-show, the NYC Vintage Enthusiasts will curate a “retro-futuro” fashion show on the United Palace’s renovated stage. As always, guests are encouraged to dress in theme costumes.
Ms. Modiano, who creates her entire score through flute and special effects, has performed at Lincoln Center, The High Line, Jewish Heritage Museum, and the Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival in Israel. Her work has been described as «spell binding, action packed and deeply original” and “sophisticated multi-tracks and electronics [creating] glinting, spooky ‘audio images’.” She created the original score through a grant from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in 2014.
Click the links below for clips of the movie with Ms. Modiano’s soundtrack.
METROPOLIS & Modiano soundtrack: Maria/Rotwag in catacombs: youtube.com/watch?v=YWxCr3EvVh8&feature=youtu.be
METROPOLIS + Modiano soundtrack: Club/Dance Scene and Babylon Dark Prophecy: youtube.com/watch?v=P48E7V7Kj6o&feature=youtu.be
SYNOPSIS: Metropolis presents a highly stylized futuristic city where a beautiful and cultured utopia exists above a bleak underworld populated by mistreated workers. When the privileged youth Freder (Gustav Fröhlich) discovers the grim scene under the city, he becomes intent on helping the workers. He befriends the rebellious teacher Maria (Brigitte Helm), but this puts him at odds with his authoritative father, leading to greater conflict.
DOR- March 13, 1927
Stars- Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Gustav Fröhlich
Director- Fritz Lang
Screenwriter- Thea von Harbou, Thea von Harbou
Length- 2 hours, 28 minutes
The 2010 version will be screened on DCP.
Film Restoration: Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Striftung, Wiesbaden jointly with Deutsche Kinemathek Museum für Film und Fernsehen, Berlin in Co-operation with Museo del Cine Pablo C. Ducros Hicken, Buenos Aires in 2010.