Fritz Lang’s Metropolis at ICE Krakow
Metropolis, a film directed by Fritz Lang, will be presented on 19 March at the ICE Krakow Congress Centre, with the wonderful music composed by Abel Korzeniowski. The audience will appreciate the remarkable compositions, precisely synchronized with the images, performed by the Orchestra and Choir of the Beethoven Academy in full composition. The film and musical spectacle Metropolis is an artistic event on a global scale, as the audience will hear it and see it for the third time in history.
Fritz Lang’s Metropolis from 1927 is a masterpiece of classic silent films. It is one of the most famous German films of the period. It is also the first film that was included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The scenario was created as a result of the director’s collaboration with Thea von Harbou. A direct inspiration for the film was a trip to New York. The monumental work tells the story of the city of the future governed by a small and privileged caste ruled by reason, and the poor workers who keep the city alive live in underground settlements.
The film will be presented in a digital restored version, supplemented with scenes which were sometimes overlooked in earlier copies, with a broadcasting time of 147 minutes.
In 2004 Abel Korzeniowski composed the music for Metropolis, which is considered the most important and fundamental work of the artist. The composition, precisely synchronized with the images, was first presented in Cieszyn and had its world premiere at Era Nowe Horyzonty Festival in 2004.
The Krakow presentation of Metropolis will be accompanied by music composed by Abel Korzeniowski and performed by the Beethoven Academy Orchestra with the participation of the Mixed Choir of the Wawel Cathedral, under the direction of Andrzej Korzeniowski - the brother of the composer. Solo vocals will be performed by Anna Witczak and Katarzyna Nowicka.
The concert will be held in the hometown of the composer - Krakow, in the auditorium of the ICE Krakow Congress Centre on 19 March (Thursday) 2015 at 7 p.m.
The presentation of Metropolis is an event under the project Woman-Knowledge-Power 2015.
The main objective of the Metropolis film and music spectacle is to emphasise the role of classic European cinematography in documenting and creating the social image of women and to present a visionary view of the world, which was the basis of the development of European civilization at the threshold of modernity.
The image of the society presented in Metropolis features unique female characters. Important heroines presented in von Harbou and Lang’s story are Maria and her fake counterpart - a female android (Maschinenmensch). They represent not only the opposing models of femininity - demonic and female, Caritas. Their actions also reveal concerns resulting from the combination of the feminine element and power generated by the fervour of rebellious masses, as well as machines animated by new technologies. Another interesting aspect is the connection between the film's vision and the experiences of civilization in the 1920s. Both Maria and Futura are de facto heroines of the emancipation era. Their actions exceed the traditional boundaries of the private world, which was imposed on European women by the education canon developed in the era of the Enlightenment.
Metropolis presents a visionary outlook of the world, an industrialised future followed by the Industrial Revolution. The rapid, environmentally uncontrolled development of technology and industry leads to the degradation of man and his environment that will change our civilization, and in terms of technocratic ideology, undermine the claim that the most important relationship is that of man – nature and all forms of social relations should be based on it.
The exhibition Woman in Metropolis. Man and Technology (open from 8 to 22 March 2015 in the Gallery of the Polish Art of the 19th Century in the Cloth Hall, the branch of the National Museum in Krakow) and part of the Conference World for Women or Women for the World (08 March 2015, the Gallery of the Polish Art of the 19th Century in the Cloth Hall) will provide a sociological and ecological commentary to Metropolis.
Both the artistic project and the accompanying events are designed to draw attention to the problems of environmental degradation in the era of rapid development of technology. They raise questions concerning the direction the world is going to, is one dependent on the other?
By organizing the event, we want to present the contribution of the Polish composer - Abel Korzeniowski in the establishment of the most valuable achievements of world cinematography. We believe that a modern music interpretation is essential to revive the message of Metropolis and by guiding the perception of the audience, the viewing of a historical work will become a real artistic experience, recalling the most important questions raised by filmmakers almost a century ago.
Tickets are priced 50 – 150 PLN and will be available from 12 February from 10 a.m. through the portal www.eventim.pl , the site www.kobietawiedzawladza.pl and in 4 information points InfoKraków : at 2 Św. Jana Street, at Wyspiański Pavilion (at pl. Wszystkich Świętych 2), at the Cloth Hall (Market Square 1/3) and the Tourist Service Centre (11 Powiśle Street)
Honorary Patron: Jacek Majchrowski - Mayor of the City of Krakow
Organizer: Stowarzyszenie Na Rzecz Rozwoju
Co-organizer: Krakow Festival Office - operator of ICE Krakow Congress Centre
Miejskie Przedsiębiorstwo Komunikacyjne in Krakow
Miejskie Przedsiębiorstwo Oczyszczania Sp. z o.o.
Apollo Film Sp. z o.o.
Novamedia innovision Sp. z o.o.