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Writers:
Johann Wolfgang Goethe (novel)
Peter Handke (screenplay)
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Release Date:
April 1979 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Six days in the life of Wilhelm: a detached man without qualities. He wants to write, so his mother gives him a ticket to Bonn... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
6 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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less accessible outside of it's historical context See more (10 total) »

Cast

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Rüdiger Vogler ... Wilhelm
Hans Christian Blech ... Laertes

Hanna Schygulla ... Therese Farner

Nastassja Kinski ... Mignon (as Nastassja Nakszynski)
Peter Kern ... Bernhard Landau
Ivan Desny ... Industrieller / The Industrialist
Marianne Hoppe ... Mutter / The Mother
Lisa Kreuzer ... Janine (as Elisabeth Kreuzer)
Adolf Hansen ... Schaffner (as Adolph Hansen)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gustav Leonhardt ... Johann Sebastian Bach, form film 'Chronik der Anna Magdalena Bach' (archive footage)

Directed by
Wim Wenders 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Johann Wolfgang Goethe  novel "Wilhelm Meister"
Peter Handke  screenplay

Produced by
Bernd Eichinger .... producer
Peter Genée .... producer
Joachim von Mengershausen .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jürgen Knieper 
 
Cinematography by
Robby Müller 
 
Film Editing by
Peter Przygodda 
 
Production Design by
Heidi Lüdi 
 
Costume Design by
Heidi Lüdi 
 
Production Management
Rolf M. Degener .... production manager
Harald Kügler .... production manager
Christian Rück .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Micky Kley .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Klaus-Peter Kaiser .... assistant sound
Peter Kaiser .... sound
Martin Müller .... sound
Jasmin Schöler .... sound mixer
Paul Schöler .... sound mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Martin Schäfer .... assistant camera
Martin Schäfer .... still photographer
 
Editorial Department
Barbara von Weitershausen .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Alfred Hiebner .... technical director
Max Porupha .... technical director
Herbert Svee .... technical director
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Falsche Bewegung" - West Germany (original title)
"The Wrong Movement" - USA (video title)
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Runtime:
103 min
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1.66 : 1 See more »
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21 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
less accessible outside of it's historical context, 7 August 2004
Author: daydreamblvr1210 from United States

Wenders' road movies of the 70s have a charm that makes them accessible to many viewers, yet are often linked by the less accessible themes of alienation and detachment. It is an interesting dichotomy and one that comes to focus with this film.

Political and cultural pre-determinism are not as easily digested outside the German point of view in the 70s, yet it is a common theme amongst Wenders films as well as (arguably) Herzog & Fassbinder (New German cinema contemporaries) . One does not have to be a philosophy or poli-sci major to enjoy this film however. The fact that Wrong Move is freely based on Goethe's "Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship" is easily overlooked by the casual viewer - but if viewed as an allegorical narrative, like Goethe's work, parts of the film come together and make this obtuse, personal work by Wenders more interesting.

The characters Wilhelm (Rudiger Volger) meets during his trip represent ideological sensibilities of 70s Germany. Mignon played by the teen Nastassja Kinski represents the youth and future of Germany (mute, trusting yet undemanding). Laertes represents the idealism of old Germany, and considers himself a martyr for the Nazi cause. Wilhelm and Therese (Hanna Schygulla) are between these 2 and take action to liberate one from the other. All is told in an un-naturalistic style that only works in some cases. The long (almost single take) walk up the hillside by the river are a good example of where the film shines. The photography by Robby Müller is consistently excellent here.

It's a difficult film but rewarding to those who take time to understand it from it's original historical and ideological context. Worth seeing for the cinematography of Müller and the presence of Hanna Schygulla and Nastassja Kinski.

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