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Release Date:
14 October 1973 (West Germany) See more »
Somewhere in the future there is a computer project called Simulacron one of which is able to simulate a full featured reality... See more »
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 (Series Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Klaus Löwitsch ... Fred Stiller
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

Ulli Lommel ... Rupp, Journalist
Adrian Hoven ... Professor Henry Vollmer (as Adrian Hooven)
Ivan Desny ... Günther Lause

Joachim Hansen ... Hans Edelkern
Kurt Raab ... Mark Holm
Margit Carstensen ... Maya Schmidt-Gentner
Ingrid Caven ... Uschi, secretary

Gottfried John ... Einstein
Rudolf Lenz ... Hartmann
Lilo Pempeit ... Data typist (as Lieselotte Eder)
Heinz Meier ... Von Weinlaub, secretary of state
Peter Chatel ... Hirse, secretary of state
Rainer Hauer ... Inspector Lehner
Ernst Küsters ... Bodyguard
El Hedi ben Salem ... Bodyguard (as Elhedi Ben Salem)
Karl Scheydt ... Inspector Stuhlfahrt
Solange Pradel ... Singer
Bruce Low ... Doctor
Elma Karlowa ... Keeper of Cafeteria
Maryse Dellanoy ... Waitress at cafe (as Maryse Dellannoy)
Werner Schroeter ... Party guest
Magdalena Montezuma ... Party guest

Christine Kaufmann ... Party guest
Rainer Langhans ... Rainer, waiter at party (as Rainer Langhanns)
Corinna Brocher ... Employee
Dora Karras-Frank ... Victim of assault on Stiller
Katrin Schaake ... Computer lab assistant
Peter Gauhe ... Informer
Christiane Maybach ... Lady at the bar
Walter Sedlmayr ... Janitor

Eddie Constantine ... Man in Rolls Royce
Rudolf Waldemar Brem ... Hospital orderly
Peter Kern ... Hospital orderly
Karsten Peters ... Guide at newspaper editors
Peter Moland ... Employee
Doris Mattes ... Employee
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wolfgang Hess ... Bodyguard / Man in Rolls Royce (voice) (uncredited)
Arnold Marquis ... Günther Lause (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Rainer Werner Fassbinder 
Writing credits
Daniel F. Galouye (novel "Simulacron-3")

Fritz Müller-Scherz (teleplay) and
Rainer Werner Fassbinder (teleplay)

Produced by
Peter Märthesheimer .... producer
Alexander Wesemann .... producer
Original Music by
Gottfried Hüngsberg 
Cinematography by
Michael Ballhaus 
Ulrich Prinz 
Film Editing by
Ursula Elles 
Marie Anne Gerhardt 
Production Design by
Horst Giese 
Walter Koch 
Kurt Raab 
Costume Design by
Gabriele Pillon 
Makeup Department
Norbert Gerwin .... makeup artist
Rosemarie Schönartz .... makeup artist
Production Management
Fred Ilgner .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Renate Leiffer .... assistant director
Fritz Müller-Scherz .... assistant director
Sound Department
Hans Pampuch .... sound
Ernst Thomas .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Winfried Staschau .... video technician
Other crew
Hans D. Adenacker .... location manager
Marcel Mossotti .... location manager
Wolfgang von der Ruhr .... location manager (as Wolfgang v. d. Ruhr)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Welt am Draht" - West Germany (original title)
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205 min (2 parts) | USA:212 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

In 2010, a new version, completely restored by the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation, made its premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: 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 »
Movie Connections:
References 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)See more »
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8 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
R.W. Fassbinder as Cybernetician, 11 March 2010
Author: semiotechlab-658-95444 from United States

It is an interesting fact that metaphysics by Platon and Aristoteles, formal logic and abstract ontology form about those sciences that most people are not interested in. But then, around one thousand years after Aristoteles, the computer began to usurp the human thinking, and the humans who were refusing to reflect questions of being other than biological, physical and chemical ones, suddenly felt paralyzed because they could not cope with the consequences that this computers would bring "over night". R.W. Fassbinder's "Welt Am Draht", together with Tarkovsky's "Solaris" and Godard's "Alphaville", is probably the first movie who took the philosophical questions of emerging computer science as a basis of a story to be told in a movie. The confusing questions about identities and realities are cleverly built into different interwoven criminal stories which the audience really tries to follow because it is interested to solve the cases. Fassbinder was a master to sell highly abstracts contents to his public by embedding theoretical knowledge into practical, appetizing forms. The basis problem to understand is that an identity defines a reality, but on the other side, a reality also requires identity in order to be perceived. The idea of a person with multiple identities is known to us solely from the standpoint of psychiatry. However, logically spoken, the only reason why we have just one identity, is the fact that our logic has only two values (right and false). Now take a logic with just one more value, i.e. with three: Then, as you can easily see, you have already three identities. What happens now, when, let us say, Dr. Stiller gets killed? Then, it is quite possible that only one of three identities is abolished and the other two remain and are able to rescue the individual from death. Another question is, if a person with multiple identities actually feels these identities at once. The idea, however, to display such sets of identities in a up-down or down-up way as shown in the scene with the elevator in the hotel, is misleading, since identities and hence realities are not structured in Hierarchical, but in a Heterarchical way. Strictly speaking, there is no "artificial identity" either, since each identity is defined over two objects who share all of their features with one another. Therefore, the idea of assuming that every individual has just one single identity is nothing but a consequence of ancient two-valued logic either (a second identity would imply that a person, at the same time, exists and not-exists). But now look around and see that one and the same object (which is by definition self-identical) is perceived by every subject in its own way. If therefore every subject sees an object differently, why should it no be possible for the single individual to open the borders of his two-valued individuality-corset, with the effect that different persons can exchange their different Individualities? Fassbinder would five years later pick up this topic in his masterpiece "Despair. A trip into the light".

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