World on a Wire

1973

World on a Wire

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With World on a Wire, Fassbinder imprints his unmistakable mark on a science fiction mystery that, through fascinating philosophical discussions and deep psychological questions, presents a timely reflection on humanity.

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A dystopic science-fiction epic, World on a Wire is German wunderkind Rainer Werner Fassbinder's gloriously cracked, boundlessly inventive take on future paranoia. With dashes of Kubrick, Vonnegut, and Dick, but a flavor entirely his own, Fassbinder tells the noir-spiked tale of reluctant action hero Fred Stiller (Klaus Lowitsch), a cybernetics engineer who uncovers a massive corporate and governmental conspiracy. At risk? Our entire (virtual) reality as we know it. This long unseen three-and-a-half-hour labyrinth is a satiric and surreal look at the weird world of tomorrow from one of cinema's kinkiest geniuses. -- (C) Janus

Cast

Klaus Lowitsch
as Fred Stiller
Barbara Valentin
as Gloria Fromm
Günter Lamprecht
as Fritz Walfang
Ulli Lommel
as Rupp journalist
Margit Carstensen
as Maya Schmidt-Gentner
Ingrid Caven
as Uschi journalist
Peter Chatel
as Hirse secretary of state
Eddie Constantine
as Man in Rolls Royce
Ivan Desny
as Guenther Lause uncle of Eva Vollmer
Liselotte Eder
as Data typist
Joachim Hansen
as Hans Edelkern
Elma Karlowa
as Keeper of Cafeteria
Christine Kaufmann
as Party guest
Peter Kern
as Hospital orderly
Rudolf Lenz
as Hartmann
Christiane Maybach
as Lady at the bar
Heinz Meier
as Von Weinlaub secretary of state
Peter Moland
as Employee
Kurt Raab
as Mark Holm
Katrin Schaake
as Computer lab assistant
Karl Scheydt
as Inspector Stuhlfahrt
Werner Schroeter
as Party guest
Karl Heinz Vosgerau
as Herbert Siskins
Rudolf Waldemar Brem
as Hospital orderly
Bruce Low
as Doctor
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  • If you know Fassbinder, you might want to see this as an exercise of his mind, a demonstration of how one of his stories might be transformed by the detachment of science fiction.

    October 13, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • It starts slowly, then develops an irresistible momentum.

    September 15, 2011 | Rating: 3/4
  • Both an astonishing display of precocious cinematic virtuosity and an anguished avowal of its psychic toll.

    July 24, 2011 | Full Review…
  • A mini-masterpiece of the 1970s European design aesthetic and a major addition to the immense and baffling oeuvre of Fassbinder...

    July 23, 2011
  • Seen now, the movie seems as timely as it is outdated, its themes contemporary even if its clothing and hairdos are anything but.

    July 21, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • It's astonishing that such painfully obvious themes can also be so painfully provocative.

    July 6, 2010 | Full Review…

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