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WSO accompanying 1927 sci-fi classic

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Last year, the Matt Damon movie Elysium posited a future in which the privileged few lived a life of luxury far above the ruthlessly exploited proletarian rabble on the spoiled Earth below.

It was hardly a new concept. Some 86 years before, with his seminal science-fiction film Metropolis, German director Fritz Lang assembled the prototype for Elysium and any number of fictional dystopian worlds where the term "underclass" was rendered literal.

Movie preview

Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra presents Fritz Lang's Metropolis

Tonight, 7:30

Centennial Concert Hall

Tickets $33.85-$51.10 www.wso.ca or 204-299-3999

The film's less obvious influences were seen in the comic book Superman (which took the name of its titular cosmopolis as home base to Superman/Clark Kent) and Star Wars, whose robot C-3PO is partly inspired by Metropolis's robotic doppelganger Maria.

In the years since Metropolis premiered in 1927, it has been subject to edits, lost footage, colourization and a musical revision in 1984 by techno progenitor Giorgio Moroder.

The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra will be performing the original Gottfried Huppertz score when the film screens at the Centennial Concert Hall on Saturday night. And this time, the orchestra will be accompanying an expanded 148-minute print of the film restored after a damaged complete print of the film was discovered in a museum in Argentina.

The show is the close of this season's SoundBytes series. It will be preceded by a pre-concert panel on the Piano Nobile 45 minutes prior to the concert with a discussion of the film by panellists James Manishen of the WSO and University of Manitoba experts Tina Chen, Oliver Botar and Serenity Joo.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 12, 2014 G2

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