Time in Live Sound: Metropolis

Date & Time

Last event was Sunday, September 28, 2014


14th Street Passage - On the High Line at West 14th Street

Experience Fritz Lang’s classic silent film accompanied by a live electro-acoustic soundtrack by award-winning flutist and composer Yael Acher “KAT” Modiano. Taking the tradition of live music accompaniment for silent films to a contemporary, experimental level, Modiano merges the two eras, resulting in an engaging art-performance hybrid. For Metropolis, she juxtaposes this 1927 masterpiece against the industrial backdrop of the High Line, a structure built with the same futurist aspirations that the film calls into question.

Metropolis portrays a dark future, where the lives of the few are powered by the backbreaking work of the many, operating a vast network of underground mechanics and machinery. Timeless themes of love, greed, betrayal and transcendence are set against a bleak, urban industrial landscape that still resonates today.

Preceding Metropolis will be a special screening of All Aboard!, a 28-minute compilation of iconic scenes from more than 100 films, ranging from cinematic classics to modern favorites, paying homage to the history of trains in cinema. Featuring moments of passion, sorrow, humor, and more, All Aboard! shows how station platforms, rail corridors, train compartments, and box cars are so often the backdrop for pivotal scenes in film. All Aboard! was directed by Tony Impavido, produced by Wendy Keys, and edited by Brian Angioletti.

This program is free.

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This film screening was made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; and from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

Opening Week activities are generously sponsored by CSX Transportation.

The Macy's 34th Street Shuttle will provide free bus service along 34th Street—between the High Line at the Rail Yards and Macy's Herald Square—on the weekends of September 20 to 21 and 27 to 28.