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Newly restored silent movie classic with live music.

The German silent film Metropolis from 1927 is one of the great classics of film history, and is regarded as the first full-length science fiction film. In 2001 it became the first film to be inscribed on the UNESCO Memory of the World register. Over the course of three hours director Fritz Lang painted his vision of a futuristic, dystopian society ruled by machines and with enormous differences between the social classes. The length of the film was poorly received, however, and shortly after the German premiere the original version was cut by about a quarter. The excised footage was believed lost – that is, until a copy of Fritz Lang’s original version was discovered in a small museum in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2008. After a painstaking reconstruction and restoration, the film had its new premiere in 2010. 

The Argentinian composer Martin Matalon composed a score to Metropolis in 1995, on a commission from IRCAM in Paris. His music is inspired by jazz and uses the rhythmic structure of the film to build networks of counterpoints between image and sound. After the reconstruction of the original version of Metropolis, Martin Matalon was asked to adapt his music to the new version.

This evening you can experience the reconstructed film classic, with Matalon’s music and the composer himself wielding the baton.

The music is performed by BIT20 Ensemble. The contemporary music ensemble has its base in Bergen, and has performed the world premiere of close to 100 works and taken part in more than 20 recordings since its foundation in 1989.

A co-production between the Bergen International Festival and BIT20 Ensemble.

Metropolis (1927)
Fritz Lang director

Martin Matalon composer, conductor
BIT20 Ensemble


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Where:Grieghallen, Griegsalen
7:30 PM - 10:05 PM
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