I’m watching Metropolis on TCM and it’s bringing back a lot of memories for me.
Metropolis was one of the first films that I ever fell in love with. When I was growing, my parents owned a copy of Metropolis on VHS and I used to watch that tape over and over again. The version that they owned was the 1984 restoration that was overseen by Giorgio Moroder and which featured an extremely 80s soundtrack. I think the main reason they bought the movie was for the music but, even at a young age, I was obsessed with the look of the film: the high-rise towers, the underground machines, and Rotwang bringing the robot version of Maria to life in his laboratory. Those images sparked my imagination.
When I was 12 or 13, I decided that I wanted to write comic books for a living. I knew that I couldn’t draw but I figured it would be easy enough to plot and script 12 issues a year. Hoping to become the youngest writer ever hired by Marvel comics, I even wrote a X-Men spec script in which Rogue got sucked into a time portal and ended up in the city of Metropolis and assumed the role of Maria. It was a pretty bad script and I’m glad that I didn’t actually do anything crazy like try to send it to Marvel but I still had a great time writing it and imagining what would happen if I sold it. I don’t know where that script is now but I think about it whenever I watch Metropolis.
The last time I was in Baltimore, I asked my mother if she still had that old VHS copy of Giorgio Moroder Presents Metropolis. It took her a while to remember what I was talking about and, once she did, she told me she wasn’t sure what had happened to it. Over the years, it probably got misplaced. For all I know, it might be sitting on a shelf in a Goodwill somewhere.
I just checked with Amazon and discovered that the Moroder version has been released on Blu-ray. I’ll be ordering it as soon as I finish watching the original on TCM.