Metropolis: A Rare Film Programme for Fritz Lang's 1927 Masterpiece

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Metropolis: A Rare Film Programme for Fritz Lang’s Masterpiece

Fritz Lang's Metropolis in 1927

Original programme for the British premiere of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis in 1927.

The world’s most valuable movie poster, for Fritz Lang’s 1927 masterpiece Metropolis, is to be auctioned again after making a record $690,000 in 2005. Ephemera related to the film is notoriously scarce, with only four copies of the poster known to survive. Almost as uncommon is this amazing film programme produced for the London premiere at the Marble Arch Pavilion on March 21, 1927, one of only three copies that we have handled. Not only a list of cast and crew, it includes eleven short pieces on the making of the movie, commentary from the director and cast, and numerous production photographs and film stills, many attractively arranged as modernist collages. One of the most interesting sections shows in parallel columns how a passage of film scenes was adapted from the novel of the same name by Lang’s wife, Thea von Harbou.

Below the fold you’ll find the complete booklet – just click any image for the high-res version:

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    July 10, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    […] high-res scans here, courtesy of The Cataloguer’s […]

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    July 11, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    […] There are 3 remaining copies of the programme given out at its London Premiere. You can read it all online. Share this:Like this:LikeBe the first to like this. Written by Punch Yourself Posted in […]

  4. lollygobbeblissbomb

    July 12, 2012 at 1:07 am

    Fantastic

  5. Metropolis Restored: Watch a New Version of Fritz Lang’s Masterpiece | Open Culture

    July 12, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    […] 21, 1927 London premiere of Metropolis. You can look through the entire 32-page program at the Web site of bookseller Peter Harrington (the page will open in a new window) and then watch the restored 2010 version of the film (below). […]

  6. Moshe Feder

    July 12, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Thanks to Peter Harrington for generously making these pages available to the interested public in readable form.

  7. Jason M. Hirst

    July 13, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Many thanks Peter Harrington, have been an avid fan of Metropolis for many years, incredible movie would have loved to have seen it when it was released, what an incredible experience that must have been.

  8. The Great Geek Manual » Geek Media Round-Up: July 13, 2012

    July 14, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    […] March 21, 1927, Marble Arch Pavilion, London. Fritz Lang’s Metropolis receives its British premiere, and the audience was handed programs on their way into the auditorium. Today, only three copies are known to survive. Fortunately for us, the entire program is available to read online. […]

  9. Rob Morton

    July 16, 2012 at 8:20 am

    I just wanted to add my thanks, as a fan of the film I found this very interesting!

  10. Geek Media Round-Up: July 16, 2012 – Grasping for the Wind

    July 16, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    […] March 21, 1927, Marble Arch Pavilion, London. Fritz Lang’s Metropolis receives its British premiere, and the audience was handed programs on their way into the auditorium. Today, only three copies are known to survive. Fortunately for us, the entire program is available to read online. […]

  11. ‘Metropolis’ Program from Film’s 1927 London Premiere Unearthed « The Blog of the ABAA

    July 17, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    […] Peter Harrington, the London firm that rediscovered and currently has the program, said that only three surviving copies are known to exist. Click here to view scans of pages from the program. […]

  12. Steffen Kluge

    July 18, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Thanks for sharing this with all the movie buffs on the net.

  13. Capoon

    September 8, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    very nice documentary like magazine

  14. Kinjou Okumura-Ten

    September 12, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you, for sharing this. “Metropolis” has always been the most important film in my life.

  15. Schaal

    September 27, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Thanks, will make a nice slideshow for my bonus DVD of the movie. 🙂

  16. timothy armstrong

    June 18, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Many thanks for sharing this rare and precious item,all to often things like this are locked away in private collections

  17. DMcCunney

    August 21, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    Thank you *very* much for placing high resolution images of the book’s pages on line.

    I heard of the existence of this of this magazine decades ago – late US science fiction writer, editor, agent and fan Forrest J. Ackerman mentioned it, and I believe he had a copy. (Forry was known to have the largest collection of science fiction and fantasy related material in the world, which he had been collecting since the 1930’s.)

    I loved the film, and have von Harbou’s novel, and I hoped to some day see a copy of the magazine. Now I have. Thank you again.
    ______
    Dennis

  18. Ron Foriter

    August 21, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    We recently released a fiction anthology called “The Towers of Metropolis” which has stories that take place before the events of the film. It is selling extremely well for us.
    Thanks for posting this amazing magazine.
    (https://www.amazon.com/Towers-Metropolis-One-1/dp/0692735380/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1471803861&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Towers+of+Metropolis)

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