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Kings of the Road (1976)
"Im Lauf der Zeit" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  January 1977 (USA)
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A traveling projection-equipment mechanic works in Western Germany along the East-German border, visiting worn-out film-theatres. He meets up with a depressed young man whose marriage has just broken up, and the two decide to travel together.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Rüdiger Vogler ...
Hanns Zischler ...
Robert Lander
Lisa Kreuzer ...
Pauline, cashier
Rudolf Schündler ...
Robert's Father
Marquard Bohm ...
Man Who Lost His Wife
Hans Dieter Trayer ...
Paul, garage owner (as Dieter Traier)
Franziska Stömmer ...
Cinema owner
Patric Kreuzer ...
Little boy
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A traveling projection-equipment mechanic works in Western Germany along the East-German border, visiting worn-out film-theatres. He meets up with a depressed young man whose marriage has just broken up, and the two decide to travel together.

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DEM 680,000 (estimated)
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Rüdiger Vogler obtained a truck driver's license for the movie. See more »

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The VW beetle driven into the Elbe river is not visible anymore when Robert reaches the waterside. Later after Bruno hands over an espresso to Robert, the beetle is shown as finally sinking. See more »

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References The File of the Golden Goose (1969) See more »

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Suicide Road (In the Course of Time)
Music by Axel Linstädt
Lyrics by Bernd Linstädt
Performed by Improved Sound Limited
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Wim Wenders' best
17 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Every American who came of age before reunification of East/West Germany should see this film. It encapsulates a time; a frame of mind. Perhaps its most important feature however, is the way it uses sparse cinematography, and spaces, both literal and figurative, to illustrate the moral and spiritual conditions of the protagonists. There are few films which demonstrate such a mastery of the art of the visual in storytelling. For those interested in the place of film in the broader social context, I'm Lauf Der Zeit provides countless wry observations. At least as important as The Last Picture Show. I am waiting for the definitive authorized DVD with subtitles. By far my favorite Wim Wenders film.


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