"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."
"Fritz Lang''s Metropolis-a visually astonishing, nightmarish view of the future-belongs in every well-rounded SF film collection. Yet finding an acceptable copy of this 1926 German masterpiece is often a frustrating quest, because there are more widely differing versions of Metropolis in circulation than perhaps any film in history."
(Wesley G. Holt)
I created this short clip in 1995 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 Rancho Notorious' protagonist, struggle to 'escape the frame' and the admiring advances of his outlaw compatriots. 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.
Fig.1 Simon Perkins (1995). 'Wranglers' digitised and cut-up VHS video, 3:21 minutes.