Electronic music maestro Giorgio Moroder is a hit maker, megaproducer and all-around cool guy. An icon of ‘70s disco and dance era, Moroder stepped back in time to the ‘20s when he composed a unique restoration and edit of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis in 1984. Moroder’s cut featured color tinting, special effects, subtitles, a faster frame rate and an electronic soundtrack with music by Pat Benatar, Billy Squier, Adam Ant and Freddie Mercury.
Website Open Culture recently highlighted the film and you can watch it below if you're curious. Lang’s influential film about a class struggle in a dystopian society has timeless appeal, so while Moroder’s blend of pop and art doesn’t exactly fit perfectly with Lang’s vision, it is a truly unique experience.
The film was later nominated for two Razzie Awards including Worst Original Song for "Love Kills" and Worst Musical Score for Moroder. We still think it’s worthy of a peek and hella fun. As Open Culture points out, renowned film critic Pauline Kael described Lang’s movie as “a wonderful, stupefying folly.” In this way, Moroder’s version has met the mark.
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