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Johann Wolfgang Goethe (novel)
Peter Handke (screenplay)
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Release Date:
April 1979 (USA) See more »
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 »
6 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
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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Also Known As:
"Falsche Bewegung" - West Germany (original title)
"The Wrong Move" - International (English title) (literal English title), UK
"The Wrong Movement" - USA (video title)
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103 min
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9 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
"The Wrong Move:" is it superficial or deep?, 14 September 2003
Author: Carl S Lau from Los Angeles, California

"The Wrong Move" is essentially a plot less film about loneliness that follows a late twenty-ish year old, blond German writer-to-be for six days. He is someone who is in search of something. The film is in German with English subtitles and is unusual in that there are occasional first person voice over/commentaries by the principal character by which we know exactly what he is thinking. The film is set in the early 70's with a short audio track of American rock that dates the movie. Through his first person commentary, the writer freely admits that he is not very good at observing people nor does he like people, which leads one to wonder what kind of writer is he? Because "The Wrong Move" is a Wim Wender's film, one inevitably notices the carefully composed shots with meticulous attention to detail. This brief odyssey is a more sophisticated version of candid camera in which the confused writer encounters a handful of people. The film, then, is about his interactions with these people. These characters appear randomly, interact, and disperse.

This is probably Nastassja Kinski's first film. If not, then the likelihood of ever watching whatever preceded "The Wrong Move" is close to zero. Long out of print, "The Wrong Move" was only available on scarce, hard to find VHS tape that can be exorbitant in cost, but now is one of eight DVD's in the Wim Wenders Collection Vol 2. It is extremely unfortunate that the DVD has been enhanced for pseudo wide screen, meaning that the original 4:3 image has been chopped, losing some of the image of the original VHS tape. The film was low budget and has attained near cult following among some. Nastassja was a whole thirteen years old when "The Wrong Move" was filmed. This was the first of three films that she has made with Wim Wenders with the other two being: the legendary 1984 "Paris, Texas" and the powerful 1993 "Faraway, So Close." In "The Wrong Move," Nastassja is cast as a mute - meaning that she doesn't speak, has no lines of dialog, and doesn't use anything resembling sign language. Her on screen presence is then all facial expression and body language. In some scenes she looks like a scruffy, scrawny twenty year old.

Other times, she has the face of a twelve year old. Sometimes she is a well made up teenager. Sometimes not. But there are always the tennis shoes and the way that she walks that underscores that she is a very young adolescent girl. In the hands of Wim Wenders, her performance is fluid and natural. She and her much older male companion/guardian make their living with Nastassja as a street performer - one that is not highly skilled and in some respects awkward. That has to do more with her young age, rather than a lack of physical skills. Nastassja is a juggler and not a very good one as she usually drops one of the balls. One time she stands on her head, another time she does cart wheels. Eight years later in "Exposed" this gymnastic talent would be on full display in a very sexy, solo performance in front of an all seeing mirror. There is one particular memorable scene in which the writer and the band of strangers are walking through a neighborhood street, observing the interchanges between residents on the roof top of the buildings. The timing is exquisite, the look on Nastassja's face is memorable - but that is Wim Wenders and is an indication of the potential first rate talent in this thirteen year old girl. It is no accident that Nastassja is in so many scenes and some of those appearances are very brief. Even in nothing scenes in which she is not doing anything out of the ordinary, Nastassja is focused - not sleeping or bored. Peter Sykes, the director of "To the Devil...a Daughter," would later see "The Wrong Move," remember her, and later on in need of a young German actress would hire Nastassja.

It is all to easy to see "The Wrong Move" as a very superficial movie. Even the translation of the title presents a problem. Should it be "Wrong Movement?" "False Movement?" "wrong" and "false" imply that there is a "right" move or that one has strayed from the "right" path and is in search of it. Is there a "right" path? Is there a "wrong" path? What is the path? Does it make a difference? These are the types of questions that go to the core of the human experience. There is depth here, but only for those who can "see" into it.

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