One of the very first science fiction feature films ever made depicts a futuristic urban dystopia and follows the attempts of Freder, the wealthy son of the city’s ruler, and Maria, a poor worker, to overcome the vast gulf separating the classes of their city. With groundbreaking special effects and provocative themes, this German-made classic pioneered a whole new way of thinking about the possibilities of film.
Following the film, UW Professor Jeff Smith from the UW Communication Arts Department with organist, Clark Wilson will briefly discuss Metropolis’s production history, the music used in various versions of the film, and its long-term influence on more modern cinema.
The special screening of Metropolis is a longer feature film, which may not be appropriate for children and will not include vaudeville acts or door prizes.
Duck Soup Cinema Celebrates 30 Years
For 30 years now, we’ve revived and celebrated the legacy of Capitol Theater, originally built for silent film. Our two series, Sounds of Silents (1986-1998) and Duck Soup Cinema (1999-Present), have engaged more than 90,000 patrons in silent film experiences. We are nationally known for providing an authentic silent film experience complete with music on the 1928 Grand Barton Organ—one of the last organs of its kind—plus vaudeville entertainment with a wonderful Master of Ceremonies, door prizes, and a classic feature film accompanied on the organ or by other live musicians. Please join us for our special 30th Anniversary Season of silent films.