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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)  »

Also Known As:

World on a Wire  »

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Budget:

DEM 950,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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In 2010, a new version, completely restored by the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation, made its premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival. 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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Matrix, Dark City, eXistenZ, 13th Floor.....Welt am Draht!
9 January 2002 | by (Hamburg, Germany) – See all my reviews

First of all, this film is nearly impossible to get a grip on, but the upcoming Fassbinder DVD-Collection (Code 2!) hopefully includes this one. If you are fond of virtual reality stories (and capable of understanding the German language) you might want to look for a video-hunt. This film is truly fascinating, with a great cast of famous (and sometimes notorious...) German actors. It foreshadows everything about VR - because it is the first adaption of the novel "Simulacron", on which "13th Floor" is based as well. "Welt am Draht" is brilliantly shot by Michael Ballhaus and Ulrich Prinz. Although I am not a fan of Fassbinder's works, I really liked the eerie atmosphere and the hilarious 70's design.

Rating 9/10!


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