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Kings of the Road (1976)

Im Lauf der Zeit (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | January 1977 (USA)
A traveling projection-equipment mechanic works in Western Germany along the East-German border, visiting worn-out theatres. He meets with a depressed young man whose marriage has just broken up, and the two decide to travel together.

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Rüdiger Vogler ...
Bruno Winter
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Robert Lander
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Pauline, cashier
Rudolf Schündler ...
Robert's Father
Marquard Bohm ...
Hans Dieter Trayer ...
Paul, garage owner (as Dieter Traier)
Franziska Stömmer ...
Cinema owner
Patric Kreuzer ...
Little boy
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Spectator at Pauline's Theater
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A traveling projection-equipment mechanic works in Western Germany along the East-German border, visiting worn-out theatres. He meets 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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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

There had basically been no script for the movie. Except for the first scene after the opening credits when the two protagonists meet each other, everything is improvised or developed on set. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits provide the aspect ratio and other technical specifications of the film to come. See more »

Connections

References Zwei Bayern im Urwald (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

So Long
Written by Crispian St. Peters
Performed by Crispian St. Peters
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1:666; everything must change
15 November 2003 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

A German road movie...if you can call it that, since it plays on a high artistic and intellectual level. Very natural and humane, and above all, beautiful. It's a reflection of life, with substance, a good script and a great sense humor. It might primary be a story about friendship and lost childhood, but it's also about time. Everything must change, nothing can be as it is forever.

The cinematographer and/or camera man have obviously done a more or less perfect work with every scene in the film. Every frame is built on the golden section. I loved it. The black and white photo are also astonishing beautiful in some scenes.

An enjoyable trip through Germany, delightful for the mind as well as for the eyes. Not for the mainstream movie-goer though.

4/5


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