Fritz Lang's 1927 classic silent film "Metropolis" is beautiful in its bleak look at a future where the thinking class is pitted against the working class.

Fritz Lang's 1927 classic silent film "Metropolis" is beautiful in its bleak look at a future where the thinking class is pitted against the working class.

It's always been considered an "important film," but with an asterisk - much of the director's original vision was lost when Paramount made drastic trims after the movie's Berlin premiere, saying it was too long and complicated for American audiences.

But! Two years ago, a copy of the full-length original was discovered in Argentina, boasting 25 minutes of footage thought to be lost forever. It's been spliced into a 2002 "Metropolis" restoration, and now the film matches Lang's script so closely, the original score can once again be used as the soundtrack.

Consider this two-and-a-half-hour version, screening at the Wexner Center this weekend, the director's cut.