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Alloy Orchestra Plays Along With "Metropolis"

By admin Published: September 2, 2010

From Cleveland Cinematheque: The Alloy Orchestra is a three-man, Boston band whom Roger Ebert has called "the best in the world at accompanying silent films." This internationally-known trio returns to Cleveland on Thursday, September 23, to accompany a newly restored version of Fritz Lang's 1927 silent sci-fi spectacle Metropolis in a special Cleveland Cinematheque show at the Capitol Theatre (1390 W. 65th St.) starting at 7:00 pm.

The Complete Metropolis, as this new restoration is called, is 25 minutes -- and 25% -- longer than all previous restorations of Lang's futuristic German classic. . . .

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The new footage, which restores previously truncated subplots and clarifies the film's action, comes from a 16mm copy of an original release print unearthed in Argentina in 2008. For the first time, Lang’s thrilling tale of a gleaming futuristic city where a robot-led revolt threatens both the ruling elite and the worker drones makes total sense! At 150 minutes, it is almost certainly the most complete Metropolis we will ever see.

The Complete Metropolis debuted in February at the year's Berlin Film Festival, and has become, internationally, one of the year's must-see film events. The American premiere took place in April in Los Angeles, where it was the closing night attraction of the first TCM Classic Film Festival. And there to accompany the film in L.A. was the Alloy Orchestra, performing its galvanizing original score live. On September 23 the Alloy's Terry Donahue, Roger Miller (Mission of Burma), and Ken Winokur bring their exciting mix of traditional instruments, electronics, and junk metal percussion to the large auditorium of the newly-restored Capitol Theatre, where the movie will be projected in high definition.

Tickets to The Complete Metropolis/Alloy Orchestra cost $19 in advance, $22 day of show. Tickets for members of the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque and for CIA students & staff are $15 in advance, $18 day of show. Full-price tickets can be purchased in advance at Member & CIA tickets can be purchased in advance only at the Cinematheque box office, or by calling (216) 421-7450. Seats not reserved. No passes, twofers, or radio winners; no Cleveland Cinemas passes or discounts will be honored. There is free parking available next to the theatre and at other lots in the Gordon Square Arts District.

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