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Jeff Mills Releases Second Score For Fritz Lang's 'Metropolis'
Christian Eede , March 15th, 2023 18:38

'Metropolis Metropolis' is influenced by the 1927 film's overall storyline and plot

Jeff Mills has produced a new score for Fritz Lang's 1927 silent film Metropolis.

Out now via his own Axis Records label, Metropolis Metropolis combines elements of classical and electronic music and marks the second time Mills has produced a soundtrack of the film – his previous Metropolis score came out in 2000. Where his original score was produced to fit specific scenes and moments in Lang's original, this latest version is more influenced by the overall storyline of the film.

"Creating music for Fritz Lang's masterpiece film Metropolis has been and continues to be a great experience," Mills said in a statement. "The film is a story about 'man vs man' with the help of a machine. Its dramatic theme is as relevant now as it was when the film debuted in 1927. A film to be enjoyed, but also noted and examined."

Fritz Lang's film, set in a futuristic vision of the year 2000, depicts a dystopia in which rich people rule over the working classes, who live and work beneath the city. It was based on Thea von Harbou's 1925 novel of the same name.

Mills will debut his latest score in a live setting at Berlin's Babylon cinema on April 4. Tickets for that show are available here.

Metropolis Metropolis is out now on Axis Records.