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World on a Wire (1973)
"Welt am Draht" (original title)

TV Movie  |  Not Rated  |   |  Crime, Sci-Fi  |  14 October 1973 (West Germany)
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Somewhere in the future there is a computer project called Simulacron one of which is able to simulate a full featured reality, when suddenly project leader Henry Vollmer dies. His ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Klaus Löwitsch ...
Barbara Valentin ...
Gloria Fromm
Mascha Rabben ...
Eva Vollmer
Karl Heinz Vosgerau ...
Herbert Siskins (as Karl-Heinz Vosgerau)
Wolfgang Schenck ...
Franz Hahn
Günter Lamprecht ...
Fritz Walfang
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Rupp, Journalist
Adrian Hoven ...
Professor Henry Vollmer (as Adrian Hooven)
Ivan Desny ...
Günther Lause
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Hans Edelkern
Kurt Raab ...
Mark Holm
Margit Carstensen ...
Maya Schmidt-Gentner
Ingrid Caven ...
Uschi, secretary
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Einstein
Rudolf Lenz ...
Hartmann
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Storyline

Somewhere in the future there is a computer project called Simulacron one of which is able to simulate a full featured reality, when suddenly project leader Henry Vollmer dies. His successor Dr. Fred Stiller experiences odd phenomena. A good friend, Guenther Lause, disappears in the middle of a conversation and a week later nobody has ever heard of him. And those fits of dizzyness - Stiller cannot believe himself to be fool. There has to be an explanation for all this. Could Simulacron have something to do with it? Written by Oliver Heidelbach

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Crime | Sci-Fi

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14 October 1973 (West Germany)  »

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World on a Wire  »

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Budget:

DEM 950,000 (estimated)
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(2 parts)

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1.33 : 1
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Premiered on West German television as a two-part mini-series in 1973. The film was not seen again until sometime after 2000, when a single digital version began showing up on the Internet and was passed around by Fassbinder fans through file sharing communities. See more »

Goofs

In the second part of the film, the scene at Fred's cabin: When the camera moves surrounds the cabin, at one point the shadow of the camera is clearly projected on the wooden wall. See more »


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Café Mozart Waltz
Music: Anton Karas
Courtesy Chappell & Co.
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Very interesting and futuristic film
5 January 2015 | by (Austria) – See all my reviews

This quite unknown movie impresses the viewer the longer one watches! Even more than 40 years after the release the idea of powerful computers being able to influence our lives has not yet reached the reality in a way as Fassbinder shows us. The camera settings are fascinating, regarding the actors especially Klaus Löwitsch representing Fred Stiller impresses in his actions. His ability to make the viewer believe the character he represents gives his role as a quite simple looking technical director (though he calls himself scientist) a certain kind of deepness. The female actors represent very much the type of woman of the 1070s as of course the total outfit of the furniture. I was amused that the same curtain with particular circular pattern shown in the movie can be found in our old weekend house. Mascha Rabben as Eva is convincing but not comparable to the acting of Klaus Löwitsch (Stiller). At first I thought a movie of 3 1/2 hours of that kind must be too long, but I would't like to miss one minute of it. The reason for only 8 points is the virtual reality movies are not my favorites.


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