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

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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:

"Metropolis" Magazine - Fritz Lang's Metropolis in 1927

"Metropolis" Magazine - Fritz Lang's Metropolis in 1927

"Metropolis" Magazine - Fritz Lang's Metropolis in 1927

"Metropolis" Magazine - Fritz Lang's Metropolis in 1927

"Metropolis" Magazine - Fritz Lang's Metropolis in 1927

"Metropolis" Magazine - Fritz Lang's Metropolis in 1927

"Metropolis" Magazine - Fritz Lang's Metropolis in 1927

"Metropolis" Magazine - Fritz Lang's Metropolis in 1927

"Metropolis" Magazine - Fritz Lang's Metropolis in 1927

"Metropolis" Magazine - Fritz Lang's Metropolis in 1927

"Metropolis" Magazine - Fritz Lang's Metropolis in 1927

"Metropolis" Magazine - Fritz Lang's Metropolis in 1927

"Metropolis" Magazine - Fritz Lang's Metropolis in 1927

"Metropolis" Magazine - Fritz Lang's Metropolis in 1927

"Metropolis" Magazine - Fritz Lang's Metropolis in 1927

"Metropolis" Magazine - Fritz Lang's Metropolis in 1927

"Metropolis" Magazine - Fritz Lang's Metropolis in 1927

"Metropolis" Magazine - Fritz Lang's Metropolis in 1927

"Metropolis" Magazine - Fritz Lang's Metropolis in 1927

"Metropolis" Magazine - Fritz Lang's Metropolis in 1927

"Metropolis" Magazine - Fritz Lang's Metropolis in 1927

"Metropolis" Magazine - Fritz Lang's Metropolis in 1927

"Metropolis" Magazine - Fritz Lang's Metropolis in 1927

"Metropolis" Magazine - Fritz Lang's Metropolis in 1927

"Metropolis" Magazine - Fritz Lang's Metropolis in 1927

"Metropolis" Magazine - Fritz Lang's Metropolis in 1927

"Metropolis" Magazine - Fritz Lang's Metropolis in 1927

"Metropolis" Magazine - Fritz Lang's Metropolis in 1927

"Metropolis" Magazine - Fritz Lang's Metropolis in 1927

"Metropolis" Magazine - Fritz Lang's Metropolis in 1927

"Metropolis" Magazine - Fritz Lang's Metropolis in 1927

"Metropolis" Magazine - Fritz Lang's Metropolis in 1927

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  3. lollygobbeblissbomb July 12, 2012

    Fantastic

  4. Moshe Feder July 12, 2012

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

  5. Jason M. Hirst July 13, 2012

    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.

  6. Rob Morton July 16, 2012

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

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  8. Steffen Kluge July 18, 2012

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

  9. Capoon September 8, 2013

    very nice documentary like magazine

  10. Kinjou Okumura-Ten September 12, 2013

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

  11. Schaal September 27, 2013

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

  12. timothy armstrong June 18, 2014

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

  13. DMcCunney August 21, 2015

    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

  14. Ron Foriter August 21, 2016

    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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