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“Reg Hartt has completely transcended the predictable approach and has presented a classic film with a brilliant multi-layered sound track that forgives the histrionic giggle factor. Hartt allows us to see a great film with a fresh perspective.

“I am not Mr. Hartt’s P. R. council but as someone who has been in the film industry for decades and who celebrates cinematic excellence,I hope you will take the opportunity to experience this superb revitalization of METROPOLIS with its innovative music track.”–Douglas Eliuk.

I discovered Fritz Lang’s great science fiction film METROPOLIS (1927) in the pages of two magazines edited by Forrest J Ackerman. Those magazines were called FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND and SPACEMEN.

Then, by chance, I found Thea Von Harbou’s novel which I read, re-read and re-re-read. You can find it here:   https://www.goodreads.com/ebooks/download/1043987.Metropolis  .

Finally I saw an ad for an 8mm print of METROPOLIS from a man named John Griggs. METROPOLIS remains one of the very few pictures to not only live up to but also to surpass my expectations.

When, again by chance, I began showing films from my collection in Toronto I also began to create music scores for the silent ones.

In addition to my DVD and BLU-RAY collections I also have a large movie soundtrack CD collection plus many first rate DVDS on film music.

 

I was 15 when I bought this issue of FAMOUS MONSTERS in 1961. More than any other publication I read it changed my life for the better.

FAMOUS MONSTERS companion magazine SPACEMEN devoted three issues to Fritz Lang’s METROPOLIS. They whet my appetite to see the film.

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