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    Metropolis (Paramount/UFA, 1927). Insert (14" X 36").
    With the release in 1927 of Metropolis, director Fritz Lang set the standard for all epic science fiction films. Set in the future, it portrayed a super civilization of towering skyscrapers run by an elite group led by Joh Fredersen (Alfred Abel), the so-called "Master of Metropolis." But it is his son Freder (Gustav Froehlich) who discovers the underbelly of this super-city, and the overworked laborers who keep it running, when he meets Maria (Brigette Helm), who has become the spokesperson for these unfortunate people. To combat this influence, the elder Fredersen contracts the deranged scientist/inventor Rotwang (Rudolf Klein-Rogge) to construct a robot to imitate Maria and lead the workers astray. The scenes of the robot's creation and the robot itself would not be matched in film for another fifty years. Following its premiere in Germany in 1927, Metropolis was released in a truncated version in America, which essentially cut the heart out of the film. Audiences did not understand it and it was not popular here. The posters from this film are the rarest of rare and it is especially true of U.S. material. No one sheets or three sheets have ever surfaced, and offered here is an extremely attractive insert poster for this ground-breaking film. Prior to restoration, this rolled poster had missing paper along the bottom right border, some of which went into the image. There was a also a small strip of missing paper along the right side of the top border. These defects had a very minimal effect on the poster's image, with the color remaining vibrant and strong. The expert restoration has in fact rendered these issues nearly invisible. From the Kirk Hammett Collection. Fine on Paper.


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