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The psychoanalytically significant imagery that dresses up Metropolis, Fritz Lang’s otherwise pedestrian bourgeois-boy-meets-sexy-worker-revolutionary-in-a-freakish-socialist-dystopia fairy tale, indicates that the Viennese director spent some significant time plowing through Freud. A veritable warehouse of nightmarish abstraction set in the decidedly un-Buck Rogersish year 2026, the original film offered clocks with only 10 hours, the unbelievably expressive Brigitte Helm as the Virgin Mary (code name: Maria), and a frightening jazzbo score that sounds like the tortured ghost of Wagner doing a kind of industrial bop. Tonight’s screening still has the converted clocks and Helm but also features new music performed live by Moloch, a mysterious trio from upstate New York whose members allegedly composed their accompaniment after renting a scoreless version of the film from their local Videohaus. After all, in the year 2026, won’t the audience be the real performer, mein Liebling? Metropolis will be shown at 9:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1831 14th St. NW. $3. (202) 667-7960. (Justin Moyer)

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