This Deedlecast, "Metropolis," is inspired by the recent news
that key scenes
from the controversial and somewhat inscrutable 1927 silent
rediscovered in Argentina. Upon its initial release,
according to Zeitmagazin
, "the film flopped with
critics and audiences alike. Representatives of the American firm
Paramount considerably shortened and re-edited the film. They
oversimplified the plot, even cutting key scenes. The original
version could only be seen in Berlin until May 1927 – from then on
it was considered to have been lost forever."
Cutting key scenes and re-editing the film had the effect of making
its true meaning opaque and the film nearly incomprehensible; but
it created a haunting and mysterious work of cinematic art.
With these new scenes, the mystery of the true meaning of the film
"Metropolis" and the controversy that has surrounded the timeless
film since 1927 may finally have been laid to rest. With the
passing of this mystery, DJDeedle feels that the world loses
something intangible, yet valuable, and creates a "Metropolis"
soundscape filled with inscrutable and controversial electronic
aural inputs he hopes are worthy of the look, feel, and mystery of
this enduring cinematic masterpiece.