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The Quietus:

In 1984, Giorgio Moroder released his newly restored version of director Fritz Lang’s silent 1927 sci-fi blockbuster Metropolis. In stark contrast to various scholarly restorations before and since, the pioneering Eurodisco producer colourised the film’s monochrome palette, adding special effects and explanatory intertitles, then slathered the whole package in a throbbing synth-rock soundtrack featuring Freddie Mercury, Bonnie Tyler, Adam Ant, Loverboy and other stupendously naff 1980s icons. In his BFI Film Classic booklet on Metropolis, Thomas Elsaesser calls Moroder’s version “somewhere between a remake and a post-modern appropriation”. More than that, it was the first ever disco remix of an entire movie.




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