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

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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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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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Release Date:

14 October 1973 (West Germany)  »

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World on a Wire  »

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DEM 950,000 (estimated)
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(2 parts)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Writer/Director Rainer Werner Fassbinder's only work of Science Fiction. See more »

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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Nouvelle vague (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

An der schönen blauen Donau
Music: 'Johann Strauß'
performed by: Berliner Philharmoniker
Conducted by Herbert von Karajan
Courtesy Universal Music Classics and Jazz
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Best movie I ever saw - why not on VHS, DVD?
25 October 2004 | by (Tirana, Albania) – See all my reviews

One of the best movies I ever saw - a classic "Matrix" movie. For many years, I have been trying to get it on VHS or DVD - to no avail. The German movie/TV industry still prefers to let valuable cultural contributions (and this is Fassbinder, after all!) rot away and collect dust in some archive rather than distribute it commercially (and make a lot of money with it if that is what stimulates them instead of the promotion of creative thinking). Though, the WDR once told me if I paid DM 200.00 to check the copyright (non-reimbursable), and then DM 8 per minute of copying, plus the cost for the materials, then they will consider preparing a (single!) copy for me. Some way to sell something! The same problem we have with many other TV movies or series like "So weit die Füße tragen", "Sonntagseltern", "Kellerkinder", and others. Excellent TV series - never to be heard of again. Germany, wake up!

UPDATE from March 2007: Last year, I finally could get a DVD copy from the "Mittschnittservice" of the WDR for about 50+ Euro. Great!


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