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World on a Wire (2011)



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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) Janusmore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Television, Art House & International, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Daniel F. Galouye, Fritz Muller-Scherz
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 21, 2012
Janus Films - Official Site


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 s...
Eddie Constantine
as Man in Rolls Royce
Ivan Desny
as Guenther Lause uncle...
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 secreta...
Peter Moland
as Employee
Kurt Raab
as Mark Holm
Katrin Schaake
as Computer lab assista...
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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Critic Reviews for World on a Wire

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (9)

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.

Full Review… | October 13, 2011
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

It starts slowly, then develops an irresistible momentum.

Full Review… | September 15, 2011
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Both an astonishing display of precocious cinematic virtuosity and an anguished avowal of its psychic toll.

Full Review… | July 24, 2011
New Yorker
Top Critic

A mini-masterpiece of the 1970s European design aesthetic and a major addition to the immense and baffling oeuvre of Fassbinder...

Full Review… | July 23, 2011
Top Critic

Seen now, the movie seems as timely as it is outdated, its themes contemporary even if its clothing and hairdos are anything but.

Full Review… | July 21, 2011
Washington Post
Top Critic

It's astonishing that such painfully obvious themes can also be so painfully provocative.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for World on a Wire


An intriguing film of philosophical ideas that could have only come from Fassbinder - his style is all over it, including dazzling visual compositions that reflect with elegance what he wants to say (like with the mirrors) -, but the narrative is a bit repetitious in its expository dialogue.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


A computer programmer assigned to run a virtual reality world after his superior goes insane finds himself paranoid about whether he is actually part of the simulation. This two-part movie made for German TV by Rainer Werner Fassbinder runs three and a half hours; it's the ur-virtual reality movie, a lost science fiction classic with rigorous philosophy and deep artistry.

Greg S

Super Reviewer

A masterful sci-fi that predates "The Matrix" by three decades, it shows how master German filmmaker Rainer W. Fassbinder's complete control over the cinematography, set and production desing and the actor's stylized acting create a stylized dystopian world that rivals modern sci-fi. Besides the visual wonder, there's a lot of food for thought as well. George Orwell would have been proud.

Matheus Carvalho
Matheus Carvalho

Super Reviewer

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