The highly influential German film (just compare Star Wars’ C3P0 to its iconic female robot character) depicts a highly stylized futuristic city where a beautiful and cultured utopia is literally supported by a bleak underworld populated by exploited and mistreated workers. When a privileged young man named Freder (Gustav Frohlich) discovers the grim scene beneath the city, he becomes intent on helping the workers and befriends a rebellious teacher named Maria (Brigitte Helm)—which puts him at odds with his authoritative father and leads to dramatic conflict.
Reel Orchestrette, founded in 2012, is the duo of Bradford Reed (self-created “pencilina” and drums) and Geoff Gersh (guitars), who have been collaborating for nearly 20 years in various bands and projects. The pair specializes in creating live scores for early films and have worked their magic on such genre classics as The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), Broken Blossoms (1919), The Navigator (1924), Faust (1926), Wings (1927), The Unknown (1927), Beauty and the Beast (1946), The Holy Mountain (1973), and many others.
Metropolis with a live score by Reel Orchestrette with screen at Tinker Street Cinema in Woodstock on August 20 at 7pm. See website for ticket prices and information.