The State of Things (1982)

The State of Things





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Wim Wenders' The State of Things (Der Stand der Dinge) was financed by one of the director's chief mentors, Francis Ford Coppola. This highly autobiographical work concerns a shoestring movie producer and his ragtag crew. Stranded in the outer reaches of Portugal, the director doesn't even have any film in his camera. There's nothing left to do but scare up a potential backer--preferably one of those rich, movie-mad Americans. In illustrating the plight of the fictional filmmakers, Wenders … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Kramer, Wim Wenders
In Theaters:
Pacific Arts


as Friedrich Director

as Joe Cameraman

as Kate

as Lawyer

as Dennis, Writer

as Herbert

as Camera operator

as Production Manager
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All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | September 7, 2004
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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An engrossing examination of movie-making.

Full Review… | August 19, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

April 19, 2008

July 26, 2005

Audience Reviews for The State of Things

This project was an enraged answer to Coppola's intervention on Hammett.Wenders was of course furious by the blockbuster thoughts of his American "partner" and upon his return to Germany,he decided to do things by himself.A fabulous director's movie was made in a cheap budget,providing numerous cine-wonders and references to noir,experimental film and sci-fi (the primary sequence is an ideal homage to Wise).

Dimitris Springer

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