About the Concert
"Metropolis" is the most famous German silent film. The masterful cinematic realization of a future image of the modern city is just as fascinating today as it was when it was made 100 years ago. The film is set in the architecture of the high-tech city of Metropolis. The working class and the ruling class live strictly separate lives here. When the son of the city president comes into contact with the lower class for the first time, he decides to change the circumstances. He starts a revolt. The monumental work was shot in 1925/26 by Fritz Lang in the Babelsberg film studios. It had its premiere in 1927. Shortly after the premiere, a version was cut that was shortened by 1,000 film meters and distorted in content. The original was lost. After years of painstaking work, it was possible to reconstruct the work without any gaps.
In our concert hall, this reconstructed version runs with the original music by Hupperts. Similar to Richard Wagner's operas, numerous leitmotifs guide the viewer through the film. And he also revives the musical late romanticism in his choice of sound language - but not exclusively: Huppertz likewise integrates jazz and machine music into his score, opening it up to the sound language of the twentieth century.
In collaboration with the European Film Philharmonic.