Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis” Screening at IMA

The Indianapolis Museum of Art’s film series continues on Thursday, November 5, 2009 with the German Expressionistic classic Metropolis. As part of Butler University’s Mahler Project, Metropolis offers a glimpse into German art and society between the two world wars. Released in 1927, Metropolis is perhaps one of the most influential silent films of all time.

Director Fritz Lang takes audiences on a science fiction journey. He collaborated with his wife Thea Von Harbou, who wrote the script set in the dystopia of 2026. Imagine a population divided. Workers are forced to live underground and slave away while the wealthy elite live above ground in the beauty of the city. As the story evolves, an upper class man (Gustav Froehich) abandons his privileged life in the city to join the workers below as they revolt.

Metropolis was a kind of revolution in its own time. With the largest budget of any film up to that point, Lang employs his talents as an innovative cinematic genius. Plenty of imagination lead to breath-taking modernist set designs and stunning special effects for the era. This 35 mm film will be preceded by a short pre-film talk by Butler University Fairbanks Professor and Media Arts Department Chair Kenneth Creech. Butler University Music students, Ensemble 48, accompany the film shown in the Tobais Theatre.

Video: Metropolis, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana


For a special offer from the Indianapolis Museum of Art save your ticket stub. Show it at the Toby Theatre on Saturday, November 7, 2009 and receive half off the ticket price for Caddy! Caddy! Caddy! This work of performance art will leave your mind reeling. For more information about Metropolis and other events at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, visit their website.

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