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06 NOVEMBER 2013

Rare Film Programme for Fraitz Lang's 1927 Masterpiece

"The world's most valuable movie poster, for Fritz Lang's 1927 masterpiece Metropolis, is to be auctioned again after making a record $690,000 in 2005. Ephemera related to the film is notoriously scarce, with only four copies of the poster known to survive. Almost as uncommon is this amazing film programme produced for the London premiere at the Marble Arch Pavilion on March 21, 1927, one of only three copies that we have handled. Not only a list of cast and crew, it includes eleven short pieces on the making of the movie, commentary from the director and cast, and numerous production photographs and film stills, many attractively arranged as modernist collages. One of the most interesting sections shows in parallel columns how a passage of film scenes was adapted from the novel of the same name by Lang's wife, Thea von Harbou."

(Laura Massey, 10 July 2012, Peter Harrington)

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1927 • auction house • British premiere • cast and crew • film premiere • film programme • film stillsFritz LangGerman cinemaLondonmaking of • Marble Arch Pavilion • masterpieceMetropolis (1927) • modernist collage • movie poster • production photographs • rare bookssouvenirThea von HarbouTower of Babel

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Simon Perkins
24 JUNE 2013

Boris Bilinsky's Constructivist-inspired Metropolis film poster

"This composition comprises the flat, featureless and strongly linear below–ground buildings of Metropolis' workers city, transformed and transposed into a mass of soaring, above–ground skyscrapers, huddled together and rather chaotically intersected by aerial roads and walkways. This interpretation of Fritz Lang's urban vision, as opposed to a mere reproduction of images from the film, makes a stunning poster. The strongly linear elements of Bilinsky's cityscape contrasts with the circular Tower of Babel and other soft–edged constructions which exist in Joh Fredersen's above–ground city for the rich and privileged. This poster has been reproduced in a number of publications dealing with European film posters, posters in general, and art movements of the 1920s. Bilinsky's work presents an artisitc bridge between Russian constructivism with is hard edges and linearity, and the soft, romantic elements so much a part of the French tradition."

Fig.1 Metropolis – L'Alliance Cinématographique Européenne présente une production UFA réalisé par Fritz Lang d'aprés le scénario de Thea von Harbou. UFA ACE', 4 Sheet poster, (240 x 320 cm) 224 x 303.5 cm / 96 x 120 inches, Farblithografie, Bédos et Cie, Paris, 1927. Signed 'Boris Bilinsky', upper right. Collection: Kunstbibliothek, Staatliche Museen / Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin. René Clémenti–Bilinsky catalogue no.1030.

(Michael Organ and René Clémenti–Bilinsky)

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1920s1927 • Boris Bilinsky • cityscapeConstructivist-inspireddesign formalismfilm posterFrench artistic traditionFritz Lang • hard edges • Joh Fredersen • linear elements • linearityMetropolis (1927) • Michael Organ • modernist aesthetics • Modernist masterpiece • poster design • Rene Clementi-Bilinsky • romantic elements • skyscraper • soft elements • Thea von HarbouTower of Babelurban visionvisual design

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Simon Perkins
14 NOVEMBER 2008

Metropolis: key scenes rediscovered after 80 years!

"Last Tuesday Paula Félix–Didier travelled on a secret mission to Berlin in order to meet with three film experts and editors from ZEITmagazin. The museum director from Buenos Aires had something special in her luggage: a copy of a long version of Fritz Lang's Metropolis, including scenes believed lost for almost 80 years. After examining the film the three experts are certain: The find from Buenos Aires is a real treasure, a worldwide sensation. Metropolis, the most important silent film in German history, can from this day on be considered to have been rediscovered."
(ZEITmagazin, 2.7.2008)

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Simon Perkins
24 MAY 2005

Wranglers: Exposing Homoerotic Tensions Within Westerns

I created this short clip in 1994 from re–purposed shots from Fritz Lang's 1952 film 'Rancho Notorious'. This sequence works to expose homoerotic tensions inherent in the Western film genre.

The sequence shows Vern Haskell (Arthur Kennedy) Rancho Notorious' protagonist, struggle to 'escape the frame' and the admiring advances of his outlaw compatriots - Frenchy Fairmont (Mel Ferrer), Mort Geary (Jack Elam), Kinch (Lloyd Gough), Wilson (George Reeves), Starr (Stuart Randall), Red (Roger Anderson) et al. Through deleting the subject of the cowboy's attentions Marlene Dietrich, I was able to shift the meaning of the scene from one that centred on heterosexual interest to one that centred on homosexual desire.

I created the sound track using a similar technique. I did so through splicing sections of the original sound track together so that it would evoke some of the melodrama of the original film.

The clip was created using the early non–linear editing platform Avid Media Suite Pro.
(Simon Perkins)

Fig.1 Simon Perkins (1994). 'Wranglers' digitised and cut–up VHS video, 3:21 minutes.

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1994appropriation • Arthur Kennedy • Avid Media Suite Procinemaculture jammingcut-up techniquedenialexclusionfilmfilm genre • Francis McDonald • Frank Ferguson • Fritz Langgenre • George Reeves • Hollywoodhomoeroticismkiwi short filmsMarlene Dietrichmasculinitymash-up • Mel Ferrer • melodrama • outlaw • parody • Rancho Notorious (1952) • re-editre-purposerecodingreductionrepresentrepressed desiresrepressionrevisionshort filmSimon Perkinsspatial reconfigurationstutter-step progressionstuttering editssubstitutionsubtexttechnologically-rendered spacewestern film genre • Wranglers (1995)
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