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Welt am Draht 

Not Rated | | Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi | TV Mini-Series (1973– )
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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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 | Mystery | Sci-Fi

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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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1.33 : 1
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Writer/Director Rainer Werner Fassbinder's only work of Science Fiction. See more »

Goofs

When Stiller drops Eva off at her home and then goes in after her after a change of heart he goes into the living room looking for her, then he runs into the swimming pool area. As the camera pans to follow him around the pool you see the reflection of a camera man in the glass at the middle right of the screen. See more »

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Fred Stiller: The people in our simulation model think their world is the only real one.
Franz Hahn: So?
Fred Stiller: Who says this isn't also a computer? You, me, all of us, just electronic circuits. Identity unit 3,124,000, named Hahn. How does that sound?
Franz Hahn: Drunk.
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Written by Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller
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Very interesting topic and a good reflection of the 70´s life style
26 September 1999 | by See all my reviews

When I saw this film the first time I was very impressed concerning the kind of atmosphere the director creates. It is also very interesting to see how they imagine the near future in the year 1974. If you see the film you will see a lot of sets and customs which are called freaky and modern again today.

The topic of the film deals with the old question "What is real and what is illusion?". If you see "The Matrix" you will find a lot of similarities. But the two films are not comparable at all because "Welt am Draht" is art and "The Matrix" is entertainment. If prefer the first one.

Unfortunately I lost my video copy of it.


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