Just finished watching the 1984 Giorgio Moroder version of Fritz Lang’s 1927 futuristic dystopian classic “Metropolis”. I had seen the original years ago, but never the 1984 Moroder version. I have to admit, I quite enjoyed the 80s soundtrack – a double dose of retro – though the version was panned by many critics. I’ve always enjoyed Moroder’s work, especially his movie soundtracks — Scarface, Midnight Express, Electric Dreams, Flashdance, Top Gun, just to name a few.
Many scenes from the original were lost over time, but have been rediscovered. Moroder’s version from 1984 did an admirable job of reconstructing the film from what was available, but was still very incomplete. According to Wikipedia the run times are: 153 minutes (1927 premiere, lost); 82 minutes (1984 restoration); 118 minutes (2002 restoration); and 148 minutes (2010 restoration). The 2010 restoration is the most complete to date after a 16mm negative was discovered in Argentina containing footage previously thought lost forever.