Royal Stompbox: Giorgio Moroder's Metropolis

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Giorgio Moroder presents Fritz Lang's METROPOLIS

Saturday, July 30th
Moroder & Friends Synth/Pop Pre-Show! - 7:00pm
Moroder's Metropolis - 8:00pm

Director: Fritz Lang (1927)
Re-adapted and colourized: Giorgio Moroder (1984)
Music by: Giorgio Moroder, Freddie Mercury, Pat Benatar, Jon Anderson, Bonnie Tyler, Loverboy, Cycle V, Billy Squier and Adam Ant

In 1984, synth-pop pioneer ("I Feel Love") and Oscar-winning composer Giorgio Moroder (Midnight Express, Cat People, American Gigolo) introduced Fritz Lang’s silent sci-fi epic Metropolis to the 80s in a major way. A three-year crate dig with film archives around the world uncovered fabled lost footage in what was an historic achievement in film restoration. In the process, Moroder made the controversial decision to give the re-released version of Lang’s film a new, contemporary score featuring his own throbbing electronic beats and a pop music soundtrack featuring hitmakers of the early MTV era, including stand-out tunes from Freddie Mercury and Pat Benatar.

In addition, missing footage was re-edited into the film, intertitles were removed and replaced with subtitles and sound effects, and colour tinting was added, creating a hyper-vibrant new wave trip for Fritz Lang’s expressionistic masterpiece, set in a brutally stratified society of the future where the carefree son of a capitalist discovers the atrocious conditions of the factory slaves, falls in love with their pacifist defender (who is replaced by a robot doppleganger), and eventually leads the workers’ rebellion.

Derided at the time (it won a lot of Razzies), from where we stand in 2016, Moroder’s pulsing vision feels like an awesome master class in mash-up innovation, a Technicolor wonder that’s unique, hypnotic, and loaded with great jams (no one will judge you for crying during Pat Benatar’s “Here’s My Heart”).

Come early for a massive Moroder pre-show! From “Call Me” to “The Chase” and “Cat People”, The Royal’s new music series Royal Stompbox will take you from here… to eternity!
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By: The Royal Cinema - Toronto

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