Date: Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Our virtual movie chats continue with a discussion of the visual and sonic language found in Metropolis, Fritz Lang's 1927 sci-fi drama on class struggle. A longstanding source of inspiration for artists and musicians, the iconic silent film has received a contemporary update through a 2016 score by electronic avant-pop duo Treasure Teeth. Watch or skim their version of the movie over at YouTube on your own schedule (or catch the original on Amazon, Mubi, and Kanopy), then gather with us for an exclusive conversation between Wolfsonian senior curator Silvia Barisione and Treasure Teeth's James McKillop and Barbara Elting.
Whether you've screened the movie or not in advance of the talk, there will be lots to unpack in the group's analysis of the new and old iterations—including the Expressionist and Art Deco design influences and rich orchestral instrumentation that gave Metropolis its legendary look and feel.