Director: Fritz Lang. Germany 1927. 118 mins plus interval.
Brighton Digital Festival, Scalarama and the Duke of York’s Picturehouse are proud to celebrate the Duke’s 107th birthday with this unique screening of Metropolis, featuring a live piano accompaniment from Dmytro Morykit.
Written by Thea Von Harbou and directed by Fritz Lang, Metropolis is a 1927 German silent expressionist film regarded as a pioneering work of science fiction. As the first feature-length movie of the genre, set in a futuristic urban dystopia, it’s among the most iconic and influential films of all time.
Scottish-based composer/pianist, Dmytro Morykit is one of the few musicians to receive official permission to create new music to sit alongside Fritz Lang’s classic. Morykit’s live performances have toured across the UK to sell-out audiences. A short introduction before the film explains how Morykit always loved this iconic film. He has said that creating the concert to sit alongside Metropolis has been like ‘an accidental marriage’.
Twenty-seven previous compositions were modified and two new pieces composed especially for the film. The live accompaniment is an important and dramatic part of the event as Morykit gives an electrifying performance that complements the film but can even be listened to as a concert in its own right.
anyone with an interest in classic cinema, science fiction and live music