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Metropolis is a 1927 German expressionist [[film]] in the science fiction genre. The most expensive silent film ever made, it cost approximately 5 million Reichsmark.<ref>5 million 1927 reichmark = Approximately 1,190,476 1927 US$ = Approximately 16,157,017 2014 US$</ref> It is essentially [[dieselpunk]], ''not'' [[steampunk]]. By the time this movie was most things were being run on electricity or diesel, not merely steam. Large machinery like ships, locomotives and some power plants were still powered by coal generated steam, but that was waning fast. Smaller vehicles like trucks and automobiles were already running on petroleum products like gasoline and diesel.
 
Metropolis is a 1927 German expressionist [[film]] in the science fiction genre. The most expensive silent film ever made, it cost approximately 5 million Reichsmark.<ref>5 million 1927 reichmark = Approximately 1,190,476 1927 US$ = Approximately 16,157,017 2014 US$</ref> It is essentially [[dieselpunk]], ''not'' [[steampunk]]. By the time this movie was most things were being run on electricity or diesel, not merely steam. Large machinery like ships, locomotives and some power plants were still powered by coal generated steam, but that was waning fast. Smaller vehicles like trucks and automobiles were already running on petroleum products like gasoline and diesel.
   
''Metropolis'' was cut substantially after its German premiere, and much footage was lost over the passage of successive decades. There have been several efforts to restore it, as well as discoveries of previously lost footage. A 2001 reconstruction of Metropolis, shown at the Berlin Film Festival, was inscribed on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register in that same year. In 2008, a copy of the film 30 minutes longer than any other known surviving copy was located in Argentina. After a long period of restoration in Germany, the restored film was shown publicly for the first time simultaneously at Berlin and Frankfurt on February 12, 2010. The event of the Friedrichstadtpalast was shown live on a screen at the Brandenburg Gate as well as on TV on ARTE. This version was also shown in New York at the Ziegfeld Theater in the last two weeks of October 2010. The film is now available on YouTube in German [http://youtu.be/B4rI__TRvcY here], and in English [http://youtu.be/H9PPG1XblF4 here]. There is a completely inexplicable difference between the music in the original German language version of the film and its English language version.
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''Metropolis'' was cut substantially after its German premiere, and much footage was lost over the passage of successive decades. There have been several efforts to restore it, as well as discoveries of previously lost footage. A 2001 reconstruction of Metropolis, shown at the Berlin Film Festival, was inscribed on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register in that same year. In 2008, a copy of the film 30 minutes longer than any other known surviving copy was located in Argentina. After a long period of restoration in Germany, the restored film was shown publicly for the first time simultaneously at Berlin and Frankfurt on February 12, 2010. The event of the Friedrichstadtpalast was shown live on a screen at the Brandenburg Gate as well as on TV on ARTE. This version was also shown in New York at the Ziegfeld Theater in the last two weeks of October 2010. The film is now available on YouTube in German [http://youtu.be/B4rI__TRvcY here], and in English [http://youtu.be/H9PPG1XblF4 here].
   
 
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