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09-04-2004 8:00 am A new, digitally re-mastered version of Fritz Lang’s futuristic film Metropolis will be screened at UNESCO Headquarters on Tuesday, April 13 (8.30 p.m.), on the eve of its re-release by French film company MK2 in France.
The “new” version of the spectacular 1927 German masterpiece, the first film to be inscribed on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register, will, for the first time feature the soundtrack especially composed by Gottfried Huppertz for the film.

Since its inclusion on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register in 2001, the film has had a new lease on life and has been screened in its restored form in Germany and elsewhere. The Memory of the World (MOW) programme was established in 1993 to preserve and promote documentary heritage, much of it endangered, as this heritage is as important for the preservation of cultures and humanity’s cultural diversity as are the monuments inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list.

Because of the film’s commercial failure when it was first released in January 1927, it was heavily cut before being released again. It has since been restored to a version that is close to the original, and its re-release with the original soundtrack marks a significant step towards re-establishing the artistic integrity of a milestone in the history of cinema. The soundtrack was recorded by the Sarrebrück Symphony Orchestra, with the conductor Bernt Heller. MK2 is also releasing the film as a double DVD.

The screening is organized by UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme in cooperation with the French National Commission for UNESCO. The Chairperson of UNESCO’s Executive Board, Germany’s Permanent Delegate to UNESCO, Hans-Heinrich Wrede will attend the screening with the Permanent Delegate of France to UNESCO, Jean Guéguinou.

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