German Silent Film Festival : Classic German
Silent Films by Fritz Lang
August 4, 11, 18, 25, 2005
Venue: SM Megamall ( at 8:00 pm)
Tel: + 63 2 722 4671 to 73
Schedule of Film screenings:
Aug 4 - METROPOLIS, music by Rubber Inc
Aug 11 - SPIES, music by The Sammy Asuncion Group
Aug 18 - DR. MABUSE, THE GAMBLEr, music by Tots
Tolentino and Buhay
Aug 25 - DESTINY, music by Cynthia Alexander
After the success of last year's "Movies Live:
Classic German Silent Movies 1922-1927", the
Goethe-Institut Manila is back with another dose
of classic German silent movies. "Movies Live II:
German Silent Film Festival" will feature the
films of Austrian-American director Fritz Lang,
whose "Metropolis" is widely considered the most
influential silent film ever made.
Fritz Lang (1890-1976) worked in Germany making
films that tackled themes like madness, cruelty,
fear and death until 1932, when he fled the
country to escape the Nazis. He would eventually
end up in Hollywood, where he directed films for
over 20 years. Lang was described by many as a
perfectionist, sometimes even tyrannical, and
gained infamy for his maltreatment of actors.
Despite that, it cannot be denied that he was a
pioneer: it would be difficult to imagine science
fiction or fantasy today without "Metropolis".
Included in this year's set of films are "Dr.
Mabuse the Gambler, Part I: A Portrait of Our
Time", "Dr. Mabuse the Gambler, Part II: Inferno,
a Play of People in Our Time", a two-part
detective story about the mad Dr. Mabuse, a master
of disguises, and "Spies", a film about the leader
of an international bank who doubles as a criminal
mastermind. "Metropolis" will also be shown. All
films will be accompanied by a live music score
done by some of the country's best bands.