Saint Xavier University will host a screening of the restored version of the German classic sci-fi film Metropolis from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thurs., Nov. 10 in McGuire Hall, located in the Warde Academic Center at the Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St.
Directed by Fritz Lang, the 1927 classic film about a futuristic urban dystopia is widely regarded as one of the greatest movies ever made. It was the most expensive silent film ever made and the special effects are still spectacular more than eighty years later. Metropolis was cut substantially after its German premiere, and much footage was lost as time passed. In 2008, about thirty minutes of lost footage was found in Argentina. The F. W. Murnau Foundation spent two years completely restoring the film, putting the scenes in the proper order with the correct soundtrack and at the right speed. The restored Metropolis was first shown in Berlin in February 2010, and Roger Ebert called it “the film event of the year.” The Music Box Theater hosted the Chicago premiere later that year.
This event is sponsored by SXU’s Robert and Mary Rita Murphy Stump Library. For more information, visit www.sxu.edu, keyword: library or contact Library Director Mark Vargas at 773-298-3352.