On its release in 1927, Fritz Lang's Metropolis was the most expensive silent film ever made. It's easy to see why. With hundreds of wild-faced extras, the eyeliner alone (for the men) must have cost a fortune. In case you missed film class that day, Metropolis is the German Expressionist story of futuristic megacity Metropolis, which is run by workers underground who make things run while the over-ground sybarites have no clue about what's going on underneath them. The Cinefamily presents Metropolis with Giorgio Moroder's electro-rock soundtrack, heretofore out of print, for the first time in theaters in nearly 30 years.The new HD transfer from Kino Lorber is gorgeous, though to some Moroder's music is distractingly cheesy (is that Celine Dion?). Cinefamily honch Bret Berg shares his excitement: “Moroder's reimagining remains one of cinema's great early mash-ups: a killer synth-pop soundtrack that perfectly suits the retro-futurist lens through which we now view the film itself – plus how can you deny anything with Freddie Mercury on the soundtrack?' The Cinefamily, 611 N. Fairfax Ave.; Fri., Oct. 7, 7:45 p.m.; Sat.-Sun, Oct. 8-9, 3, 5:15, 7:30 p.m.; Mon., Oct. 10, 5:15 p.m.; Tues., Oct. 11, 7:30 & 9:45 p.m.; $10. (323) 655-2510, cinefamily.org.

Oct. 7-11, 2011

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