An unsettling quality about bankruptcy auctions is that there's always an underlying crisis of conscience to the whole affair, since your gain came at the financial loss of another. Essentially, you can't walk away, new acquisition in hand, without feeling like the absolute scum of the Earth, but sometimes you just have to buck up and kick those qualms to the curb if you really want that worthwhile item, like, say, an original copy of the Metropolis movie poster. Next week, this poster and eight others will be up for auction, with rabid nerds willing to pay hand over fist for this piece of cinematic history.
Last night, Fritz Lang's Metropolis played on the Brandenburg Gate to a crowd of over 2,000. The movie has been restored nearly to its original length after eighty-three years.
Though the two and a half hour expressionistic, dystopian film was received poorly by German audiences in 1927, it has since become a classic of German cinema and inspired aspects of geek culture from Blade Runner to the 5th Element, to, yes, Superman.
With the original lost, the most commonly available version of the film was one that was heavily cut by American distributors. An uncut version eluded historians until 2008, when one was found in an Argentinian museum.