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Restored film classic 'Metropolis' at Little Theatre

Nov. 20, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- The Kalamazoo Film Society and Western Film Society present Fritz Lang's beautifully restored 1927 masterpiece, "Metropolis," Nov. 22-24, at Western Michigan University's Little Theatre.

This state-of-the-art digital restoration presents the film, with its triumphant original score intact, as it was meant to be seen. Show times are Friday and Saturday, Nov. 22-23, at 7 and 9:30 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 24, at 2:30 and 5 p.m. General admission is $5 and student tickets are $3.

The crowning achievement of silent cinema, Lang's science fiction blockbuster shares a chilling vision of the future that pits science against religion, love against death and revenge against redemption. Metropolis is a crowded city in which people are either of the privileged elite, or of the repressed, impoverished masses. Vast numbers of the lower class live underground to run the machines that keep the above ground Metropolis in working order. The workers run the machines, but the machines run the lives of the workers. The monotonous droves of workers are truly a, "mass of men leading lives of quiet desperation," to quote Thoreau.

The Little Theatre is located on the corner of Oakland Drive and Oliver Street on Western Michigan University's East Campus. There is free off-street parking behind the theatre. For more information, call the movie line at (616) 387-8221, visit the Kalamazoo Film Society's Web site at <www.kalfilmsociety.net> or the Western Film Society's Web site at <www.wmich.edu/films>.

Media contact: Bethany Gibson, 269 387-2370, bethany.gibson@wmich.edu

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