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“Metropolis,” as it was meant to be seen! (For real, this time.)

“Metropolis,” as it was meant to be seen! (For real, this time.) (photo)

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Few movies are as incomplete yet overwhelmingly influential as Fritz Lang’s 1927 “Metropolis.” Any movie you’ve seen with enormous, gigantic architecture set in an ominous future or a mythical past — “Brazil,” “The Hudsucker Proxy,” “The Fifth Element,” even this year’s “The International” — stole some of its moves from Lang’s skyscrapers and underground dens.

Brutally cut upon release and restored and re-released an impossible amount of times since, “Metropolis” is finally whole again. A complete 16mm copy was discovered at Argentina’s Museo del Cine last year, and the complete restoration will premiere February 10 at next year’s Berlin International Film Festival.

There’s a condensed version of how the print was found here, though a better rendition, from September 2008’s Sight & Sound, is sadly not online. Basically, it’d been sitting, forgotten, in the archives until museum director Paula Félix-Didier’s ex-husband remembered hearing about how a horribly degraded, two-hour plus copy used to be shown and tracked it down. They flew the wobbly print to Berlin, and now, after 80 years, “Metropolis” has been reconstructed.

For anyone who’s, say, had to watch “Metropolis” way too many times in film classes, this is not necessarily the most exciting news — personally, I’ve seen it twice in its last “definitive” reconstruction. Still, I’m happy this next go-round should be the final and best one.

Either way, there’s a surprising amount of room for argument and subjectivity when it comes to getting a film back to “the way it was originally meant to be seen.” In an earlier “definitive restoration” of “Metropolis” from 1984, in exchange for performing the public service of restoring the frame-rate to its proper speed and tinting the colors, music producer Giorgio Moroder felt free to slap a Pat Benatar score on top of the whole thing. The result’s actually kind of hypnotic:

[Photo: “Metropolis,” Kino, 1927]

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

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