Remastered “Complete Metropolis” showing at Keene State

“The Complete Metropolis,” a silent film classic, will be brought to the big screen with live accompaniment by Alloy Orchestra on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 7:30 p.m. at Keene State College’s Redfern Arts Center.

Directed by Austrian-American filmmaker Fritz Lang, “Metropolis” presents a highly stylized futuristic city where a beautiful and cultured utopia exists above a bleak underworld populated by mistreated workers. The German-produced film, with its special effects, art deco inspired set design, and expressionist plot is considered a hallmark in early cinema.

“Metropolis” was cut substantially after its premiere and large portions of the film were lost over the decades. In 2008, a print of Lang’s original cut of the film was found in a museum in Argentina. After a long restoration process, “The Complete Metropolis” was shown in 2010 with Alloy Orchestra performing its original score of the film at the TCM Classic Movies Festival in Los Angeles. Alloy rewrote an earlier version of their score for “Metropolis” to make it fit with the new, and much longer, restored version.

Alloy uses an unusual combination of found percussion and state-of-the-art electronics to create any sound imaginable. Utilizing their famous “rack of junk” and electronic synthesizers, the group generates music and special sound effects in a spectacular variety of styles.

Tickets are $20 for the general public, $15 for senior citizens and children, and $5 for Keene State students. For tickets, call the Redfern Box Office at 358-2168 or order online at

At 2 p.m. the day of the performance, Alloy Orchestra will explain and demonstrate how they create a musical film score at a workshop in the Alumni Recital Hall. This workshop is free and open to the public.

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