Your Metropolis Photos

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The slideshow (below) includes some of our favorite pictures from the Silent Film Festival opening night party and the Castro Theater Metropolis screening. To see the entire set, and download your high resolution portrait, visit our Flickr stream here. It was a pleasure meeting all of you during the Silent Film Festival!

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San Francisco Silent Film Festival Opening Night

The 15th San Francisco Silent Film Festival kicked-off this past weekend with their opening night party at the McRoskey Mattress Company on Market Street. We were there to celebrate the festival, especially the world premiere of newly restored version of Fritz Lang’s 1927 masterpiece Metropolis. We enlisted the help of Alex Smith, a metal artist, to sculpt a Maria mask which we set against a backdrop of the classic Metropolis film poster. Our photo booth gave the Silent Film Festival party goers the chance to be Maria, the machine-human, one of cinema’s most famous icons, for a moment!

Our whimsical and contemporary take on the classic Metropolis poster

A sample of the various posters we researched for inspiration

Dottie Guy, SFFM Photographer and Annie Mueller, SFFM Community Liaison in action

Eddie Muller (Czar of Noir), Anita Monga (SFF Director) with Paula Félix-Didier and Fernando Peña (Argentinian film archivists responsible for the missing segments of Metropolis)

A charming couple enjoys being photographed into the Metropolis poster

The Castro Theater Screens Metropolis

On Friday night, we were at the screening of Metropolis at the Castro Theater. But this wasn’t just any show—this was the Bay Area premiere of the most complete version of the film, including scenes discovered in the archives of the Museo del Cine (film museum) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The archivists who preserved the missing segments were on hand for an onstage interview with Eddie Muller, and the film was shown with a live score by the acclaimed Alloy Orchestra. After all these years, Metropolis still has people sitting in the aisles!

It’s evidenced by the long line that the Bay Area loves Metropolis. There were 1,400 attendees!

A poised woman poses for a photo

More behind the scenes with SFFM crew

The Historical Significance

From silents to talkies, Claymation to CGI, film has a long history; organizations like the Silent Film Festival help preserve it, and share rare cinema with an audience that otherwise might never see it. But film is also an archive of history itself. It captures the art, the politics, and the changes that were once new and controversial. Film is a timeline of our shared culture.

The Bay Area has a community that understands the need for film preservation; the San Francisco Film Museum exists to ensure the Bay Area’s cultural history, and that films like Metropolis, will always have an audience.

Special thanks to following: San Francisco Silent Film Festival / McRoskey Mattress Company / The Castro Theater / The Little Giant Lighting / Dottie Lou Photography / A’ja Foto / Alex Smith / Our Amazing Volunteers