Fritz Lang’s Metropolis

Sun Apr 14, 2013
SF Jazz Center
$20 - $30
Music, Theater


Founded in 1983 by San Francisco composer and multi-instrumental wind expert Richard Marriott, Club Foot Orchestra has earned international renown performing dramatic, intricately jazz-infused original scores for classic silent films. Over the years the ensemble has featured some of the most vivid and expressive musicians in the Bay Area (and New York City, where Marriott is now based). In an ideal pairing of band and material, Club Foot performs its heralded score to a carefully restored version of the 1927 expressionist masterpiece Metropolis, including many scenes cut from the original American release. Premiered on April 7, 1991 at the Castro Theatre, Metropolis marked a major leap for Club Foot as its first collaboratively composed score, with compositions by Marriott, Steve Kirk, Beth Custer, Sheldon Brown, Nik Phelps and Myles Boisen. A product of Weimar Germany’s creative ferment, visionary director Fritz Lang’s film is set in a dystopian future (the year 2026) where wealthy intellectuals rule over teeming industrial workers who toil mostly underground. An initial box office flop that was scorned by critics, Metropolis came to be recognized as a cinematic landmark for its innovative special effects, gorgeous Art Deco-inspired art design and trenchant social critique. Don’t miss this return engagement of Club Foot and Metropolis, back with SFJAZZ after two decades.



  1. SF Jazz Center
    201 Franklin St., San Francisco, CA