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Welt am Draht (1973)

Not Rated | | Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi | TV Movie 14 October 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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Gloria Fromm
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Eva Vollmer
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Herbert Siskins (as Karl-Heinz Vosgerau)
Wolfgang Schenck ...
Franz Hahn
Günter Lamprecht ...
Fritz Walfang
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Rupp, Journalist
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Professor Henri Vollmer (as Adrian Hooven)
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Günther Lause
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Hans Edelkern
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Mark Holm
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Maya Schmidt-Gentner
Ingrid Caven ...
Uschi, secretary
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Rudolf Lenz ...
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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)  »

Also Known As:

World on a Wire  »

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DEM 950,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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 beginning of Part 1 around the 7:10 mark as the camera does a long pull away from Professor Vollmer and Lause, a crewman's (possibly the camera operator) shoe can be seen reflected in the mirrored pedestal with the bust on top of it in the right hand bottom corner of the screen. See more »

Quotes

Fred Stiller: What are the limits to the perceptive faculties of our identity units? Listen, suppose we were beings who had been programmed in a computer. We'd sit here, drinking whiskey. We'd perceive what is in fact our imaginary world as if it were the real one.
Fritz Walfang: Of course, an electronically simulated environment would appear real to the electronic being.
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Version of The Thirteenth Floor (1999) See more »

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Written by Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller
Performed by Elvis Presley
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Very interesting topic and a good reflection of the 70´s life style
26 September 1999 | by (Duesseldorf, Germany) – 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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