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Metropolis (Dir. Fritz Lange, 1927) (Screening format –DVD Jan ’05 version, 118 minutes ) Made in Germany during the Weimar period, Metropolis is set in a futuristic urban dystopia and follows the attempts of Freder (Gustav Frohlich), the wealthy son of the city’s ruler, and Maria (Brigitte Helm), a poor worker, to overcome the vast gulf separating the classes of their city. Filming took place in 1925 at a cost of approximately five million Reichmarks, making it the most expensive film ever released up to that point. It is regarded as a pioneering work of science fiction and is among the most influential films of all time. Find out more at IMDb Live musical accompaniment by Dmytro Morykit The Brunton, Venue 1, Musselburgh Link
Wunder der Schöpfung (Dir. Hanns Walter Kornblum, 1925) (Screening format – not known, 92mins) This ground-breaking silent documentary is an extraordinary and unique document outlining human knowledge about the world and the universe in the 1920s, literally translated as ‘Wonder of Creation’. Fifteen special effects experts and nine cameramen were involved in the production of this beautifully tinted and toned film which combines documentary scenes, historical documents, fiction elements, animation scenes and educational impact. Find out more at filmmuseum.com Presented as part of the Outskirts 2016 Festival with live performance from acclaimed jazz duo Herschel 36 of a new electronic/acoustic soundscape score. The Bridge, Westerhouse Rd, Glasgow Link