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Restored 'Metropolis' to stream live

This eagerly awaited restored version of Fritz Lang's silent classic uses what it said to be nearly an hour of footage long thought to be lost. This is one of the the most important film archival discoveries in history, as surprising as if the missing ending of "The Magnificent Ambersons" were found.

If you're American, viewing the restored version of "Metropolis" today (Feb. 12) may not be as easy as it seemed. The French and German sites I listed earlier do not have streaming rights here, I've learned. The sites will work in Europe, and may work in other nations.

Around the world, Zattoo.tv is the best way to watch the live feed from Berlin. However, Zattoo also does not have U.S. streaming rights. The Zattoo software is a free download.

Wherever you are, you can try. The stream begins at 8:15 p.m. Berlin time on Feb. 12 -- an hour earlier in the UK and Ireland, six hours earlier in New York, seven hours earlier in Chicago, and so on.

This eagerly awaited restored version of Fritz Lang's silent classic uses what it said to be nearly an hour of footage long thought to be lost.This is one of the the most important film archival discoveries in history, as surprising as if the missing ending of "The Magnificent Ambersons" were found.

Here is the French link from which the movie will stream: http://j.mp/9SS92S

The German link: http://j.mp/dhktCR

A gallery of photos: http://j.mp/aYTgWY

It is not clear what languages the film will be seen in. Since the general story is familiar and Lang worked so powerfully with images, it hardly matters.

Here is my Great Movie review of the version seen around the world until now: http://j.mp/ckaxfK

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