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German futuristic dystopian film set to live, 'expansive' music comes to Burnaby theatre

'The Mediator between the Head and the Hands Must Be the Heart,' says Fritz Lang, director of the 1927 film 'Metropolis.' The film will screen at Burnaby's Shadbolt Centre this week.
The 1927 film 'Metropolis' will screen at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in Burnaby, set to a live score by Beautiful Violence.

Get ready to experience German expressionist cinema as Fritz Lang's 1927 film Metropolis comes to Burnaby this weekend.

Set in a towering city of skyscrapers in the year 2026, the film delves into the class divide between the wealthy ruling set and the workers who build the sprawling metropolis. 

Flooding, catacomb hunts and robotic deception ensue.

The silent film will be set to a live score by Vancouver-based British duo Beautiful Violence (Simon Dobbs and Jon McGovern), using guitars and synths to "create expansive sonic landscapes that traverse between ambient music and noise," according to the event description.

The film is a part of the series Cinematic Poetry for Dark Days, silent films with live music screened by the Shadbolt.

Metropolis: Film with live score in Burnaby

When: Saturday, April 6, doors open at 7 p.m.
Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts (6450 Deer Lake Ave.)
Cost: $15 to $20, tickets available online