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Metropolis Score - Channing Pollock Version

Introduction

The following is a listing of annotations / prompts taken from the printed Metropolis score (n.p., n.d., 1927, 207p) in the collection of ScreenSound Australia (formerly National Film & Sound Archives), Canberra. This 207 page publication supposedly contains the shortened version of the score as originally composed by Gottfried Huppertz for the original German edition. This latter score was meant to accompany the edited, Channing Pollock version of Metropolis which was released in the United States during March 1927 and in Australia the following year. As can be seen from the following table, the 207 page score is broken down into 84 movements, and within each movement there are annotations or prompts which have been added to assist the musicians in accompanying the film. These prompts refer to intertitle cards and scenes which act as cues to changes in the accompanying score. The prompts are useful to modern researchers in indicating the version of the film which was issued at the time, prior to being edited by local theatre managers or later exhibitors. A copy of the longer, original German score (both in manuscript and printed form) exists in the collection of the Deutsche Kinemathek, Berlin. The ScreenSound score contains 327 prompts, whilst the original German edition contains some 1029 prompts. This difference is accounted for by the fact that within the German version prompts are given at approximately every 3 bars; additionally, more than 40% of the film was cut for the American version, reducing screening (and playing) time from 3 hours to 90 minutes.

 

 

 

Page No.

Section No.

Annotations / Prompts

 

 

 

1

1

Introduction

 

 

DbC until machine effects

2

2

Machine effects

 

 

Siren Blows

3

 

Next cue T: "The Day Shift"

4

4

T "The Day Shift" (Marching Workers)

 

 

Into the elevator

 

 

Going down

5

 

At bottom

6

 

Next cue: T "And high above, a pleasure garden"

 

5

"And high above, a pleasure garden"

7

 

Chase around fountain

8

 

He catches her

9

 

Embracing

 

 

Door opens

 

 

Next cue: Maria and children enter

10

6

Maria and children enter

11

 

She points

12

 

C.U. (Close up) Maria

 

 

Men to her

13

7

Freder with hand on heart

14

 

Freder forward

 

 

Runs out door

 

8

T "The Great Machines"

15

 

(Machine Room)

 

 

Large machine

16

 

Thermometer Rising

17

 

Thermometer nearing top - explosion

18

9

Thermometer nearing top - explosion

 

 

Explosion

 

 

Men falling

19

 

"Moloch!"

 

 

Next cue: Vision of Statue of Moloch

20

10

Vision of Statue of Moloch

21

 

Marching into fire

 

 

Next cue: Picking up wounded

22

11

Picking up wounded

 

12

Work goes on

23

13

Freder runs to auto

 

14

View of Metropolis

24

15

T "Office of John Fredersen - the Master of Metropolis"

25

 

Clerks

26

 

Secretary to Son

 

16

Freder describes an accident

27

 

 

28

 

To Father

29

17

Father goes to Secretary

 

 

(Angry etc)

 

 

(Secretary goes)

30

18

Freder pleads (after T "Why did you go down there?")

31

 

Freder sitting

32

 

To Father

33

19

Freder points out window - City Buildings

 

 

Next cue: T = "In their proper place - The Depths"

34

20

T = "In their proper place - The Depths"

 

 

Curtains Closed

 

 

Secretary In

35

 

Foreman Enters

36

 

Foreman shows Map

37

21

Father angry - shows map to Secretary

38

22

Secretary fired

39

 

Secretary out door

 

23

Son to Father

 

 

T "Father, don't you realise"

40

 

Son runs out

41

 

Runs down steps

 

 

Grabs gun from Secretary

 

 

Next cue: Son and Secretary

42

24

Son and Secretary

43

 

Arm on shoulder

 

 

They shake

 

 

Next cue: Down to Engine Room

44

25

Down to Engine Room

 

 

In Door

 

 

Marchers

45

 

Freder watches man at machine

 

 

Grabs man

46

 

Takes his place

47

26

In the middle of the city was an old house

 

 

Inventor Rotwang

48

 

 

49

27

Engine Room

 

 

Exchange clothes

 

 

Other exits

 

 

Next cue: Inventor and Fredersen

50

28

Inventor and Fredersen

51

 

Raises arms excited

 

 

Next cue: Into laboratory

52

29

Into Laboratory

53

30

Mechanical Woman Rises

55

31

Inventor to Fredersen

56

32

Machine Room

57

33

Inventor and Fredersen

 

 

Next cue: (Freder at wheel)

58

34

Freder at wheel

 

 

Note

59

 

Man to him

 

 

Men above

60

 

Machine again

 

 

Clock

61

 

Thermometer rising

62

 

 

63

 

Calls for help

 

35

Siren blows

 

 

Next cue: Men Shifting

64

36

Men Shifting

 

37

2 men at table

65

 

C.U. Maria

 

38

Workers down steps

 

 

Next cue: Back to Fredersen

66

39

Back to Fredersen

67

40

Two men start out

 

 

Down stairs

 

 

Trap door

 

 

Next cue: Workers down steps

68

41

Workers down steps

 

 

Freder looks up

69

42

Maria preaching before altar

 

 

Hat off

70

 

He kneels

 

 

The 2 men above

71

 

 

72

43

T "Today I will tell you the story of the building of the Tower of Babel"

73

 

The Tower

74

 

Men Marching

75

 

Pulling Stone

76

 

Shake fists

77

 

Run up stairs

 

 

Tear down tower

 

44

Back to Maria preaching

78

 

Men bow heads

79

 

T "But where is our Mediator"

80

 

Be patient

 

 

Next cue: The men above

81

45

The men above

82

 

 

83

46

Men shake hands

 

 

Light on Inventor

 

 

Next cue: Maria and Freder alone

84

47

Maria and Freder alone

 

 

She turns

85

 

The two together

86

 

They kiss

87

 

Parting

 

 

Maria alone

 

 

She goes

 

 

Next cue: Inventor breaks rock

88

48

Inventor breaks rock

 

 

Shadow

89

 

Hand puts out candle

90

 

Flash light on her

91

 

Maria runs

92

 

Up stairs

93

 

Light on her

 

 

Next cue: Maria runs

94

49

Maria runs

95

 

End of Part 1

 

50

Interior of Cathedral

96

51

Statues of 7 Deadly Sins

97

 

C.U. Freder

 

 

He goes

 

52

T "Maria was a prisoner"

98

 

Freder walking

 

 

T "Come, I am going to…"

99

 

Struggle

100

 

Freder hears

101

 

Next cue: Runs to door

102

53

Runs to door

 

 

Knocks

 

 

Door opens

 

 

Enters

103

 

He runs about

104

 

Knocking

 

 

Down stairs

105

 

Doors

106

 

Stick in door

 

 

Door slams

107

 

Pounds door

108

 

Piece of dress

109

54

Laboratory (Maria on table)

 

 

Next cue: Inventor throws switch

110

55

Inventor throws switch

 

 

Boiling, Machines starting, etc

111

 

Another switch on

 

 

Currents, etc.

112

 

Electric rings

 

 

Flashes etc

113

 

 

114

 

 

115

 

Rings etc

116

 

Face of Maria

117

56

Freder outside

 

 

In door

 

 

Inventor appears

118

57

Freder rushes to inventor

 

 

T "Where is Maria?"

 

 

Artificial Maria enters

119

 

Maria and Father

120

 

C.U. Maria

121

58

Freder enters sees Maria

 

 

Flashes etc

 

 

Room revolving

 

 

People in circle etc

 

 

He falls thru space

 

 

Next cue: Freder in bed

122

59

Freder in bed

123

 

Doctor goes

 

 

Reaches for card

 

 

Next cue: Invitation card to party

124

60

Invitation card to party

125

61

Large cauldron

 

 

Lid rises

 

 

Maria appearing

 

 

Next cue: Maria starts to dance

126

62

Maria starts to dance

 

 

Freder in bed

127

 

Back to dance

128

 

Wild dance etc.

129

 

Freder

 

 

Dance wilder

 

 

Next cue: Maria on Serpents

130

 

Maria on Serpents

131

 

Seven Deadly Sins come to life

132

 

Death with scythe

133

 

(Maria and Inventor)

 

 

(Other Maria preaching)

134

66

Other Maria preaching

135

 

Freder in room

 

 

Next cue: Maria inciting workers

136

67

Maria inciting workers

137

 

T "You have waited"

138

 

Freder enters sees Maria

139

 

T "Let the machines stop"

 

 

Next cue: "Destroy the Machines"

140

 

T "Destroy the Machines"

 

 

She sees Freder

 

 

He points to her

141

 

 

142

 

Carry her (2nd time)

 

 

T "Kill him"

143

68

Mob in square

 

 

People running etc

144

 

 

145

 

To elevators

146

 

Up elevator

147

 

Into long hall

148

 

To gates

149

 

Breaking gates

150

 

Women in elevator

 

 

Enter machine room

151

 

Fredersen enters office

 

 

Ticker tape

 

 

To telephones

 

 

Next cue: Foreman answers "People at gate"

152

70

Foreman answers "People at gate"

 

 

T "The workers are destroying the machines!"

153

 

Mob into room

154

 

 

 

 

Mob to foreman

155

 

Maria at switches

156

 

Machines flashing

 

 

Up ladder

157

 

Real Maria out of house

 

 

Down elevators

 

 

Next cue: Crashes and explosions

158

71

Crashes and explosions

 

 

Maria sees

159

 

Next cue: Water into square

160

72

Water into square

 

 

Children running (2nd)

161

 

Children enter

162

 

Large square

163

 

Crash

164

 

Gong

165

 

Freder above

 

 

C.U. Gong

 

 

They run down

166

 

 

167

 

They embrace

168

 

Carrying children

169

 

To stairs

 

 

Next cue: City lights

170

73

City Lights (Fredersen in office)

 

 

Office of Fredersen

 

 

He rises

171

 

Servant enters office

 

 

Crash

172

 

Back to office

173

 

 

174

 

With children

 

 

She looks up

175

 

Workers dancing around machine

 

 

Children

176

 

Dance again

177

 

Foreman yells (up steps)

 

 

Whistles

178

 

T "Where are your children?"

 

 

T "The entire workers city"

179

 

 

180

 

Crowd cheers forward

181

 

Maria (Witch) and crowd dancing

182

 

Wild dancing etc

 

 

Mob up steps

183

 

Mob across bridge

 

 

Next cue: Mob rushes into party

184

78

Mob rushes into party

 

 

Grabs Maria

185

 

 

186

 

Drags her to

187

 

Tied to stake

188

 

Grab Freder

 

 

Lights fire

189

 

Fire etc.

190

 

Inventor out

191

 

Porch of church

192

 

 

193

 

Maria runs

194

 

Chase in cathedral

 

 

Fire

195

 

Next cue: Inventor chases Maria on roof

196

 

Inventor chases Maria on roof

 

 

Freder up

197

 

 

198

 

Fight

199

 

Father sinks to knees

200

 

Up top of roof

 

 

Roll down

 

 

Inventor falls

201

80

After fall

 

 

Fredersen bows head

 

 

Next cue: Maria and Freder embrace

202

81

Maria and Freder embrace

203

82

Cathedral / Workers march to door

 

 

They stop

 

 

Next cue: Group comes out of church

204

83

Group comes out of church

205

 

Maria to Freder

 

 

T "There can be no understanding unless"

206

 

Freder persuades Father

 

 

Next cue: As they join hands

207

84

As they join hands

 

 

Shake

 

 

End of picture

 

 

 

 

 

 

It can be seen from these annotations that the score accompanied a version of the film which survives in large part to this day, and can be seen in most video copies of Metropolis, though the Moroder version contains some additional scenes via the use of stills.

Site last updated: 20 March 2000.


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