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The Way Things Go (1987)





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Swiss artists Peter Fischli and David Weiss have collaborated on kinetic installations since 1979. All of their work to date, whether in photography, film, drawing, or sculpture, has demonstrated a deep interest in the mechanisms that animate the universe of objects. Fischli and Weiss remove these things that surround us from their contexts in our daily lives, and then restructure their relationships to one another. The artists aim neither to glorify nor to alienate these common objects, but merely to create new references in which they might be considered. THE WAY THINGS GO - without narration or interviews - simply records the self-destructing performance of Fischli's and Weiss' most ambitious construction: 100 feet of physical interactions, chemical reactions, and precisely crafted chaos worthy of Rube Goldberg or Alfred Hitchcock.
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All Critics (2)

A short flick in color about a Rube Goldberg contraption ingeniously brought to life in a warehouse.

Full Review… | May 22, 2015
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You really can't get much more perfect than this, at least in terms of executing a planned showcase of reality in the laws-of-physics sense. I only wish it was longer.

Full Review… | May 30, 2014

Audience Reviews for The Way Things Go

Another living example as to why Rube Goldberg inventions are some of the world's most fascinating contraptions

Kevin Lee
Kevin Lee

An Interesting movie created by 2 men in the style of a classic Rube Goldberg machine. This 30 movie consists of about 4 continuous shots of mechanical phenomenon that looks like fantastic project created by some very smart college kids with too much time on their hands.

Djangolulu Smith
Djangolulu Smith

this rube goldberg madness is heavy on chemistry and pyro. the grainy bubble/fizz close-ups were nice.

steve c
steve c

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