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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
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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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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

According to Wim Wenders many visual motives in the movie are inspired by the photographies of Walker Evans. Wenders also showed DOP Robby Müller photos by Evans before the filming began. 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 »

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

Connections

References Magdalena, vom Teufel besessen (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Love in Vain
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Written by Robert Johnson
Sung briefly by Rüdiger Vogler and Hanns Zischler at the train station
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A beautiful film
7 July 2002 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Watching this film is like having a satisfying meal. You feel completely nourished by the end of it, both mentally and physically. For me this film has many moments in it that drift back to me sometimes during my life. It is a tender story about the friendship developed between two men who are both wandering, both avoiding life yet experiencing things that others miss out on. They are both very free spirits yet bound by something, one by the truck , the other by his past, where he is from. They meet by chance and enjoy their company until they must part. Nothing is forced in the film and the relationship does seem to run a very natural course. A great thing about this film is that there is little dialogue in it and yet it does not impede the story flow. I like so much about this film. I read a book on Wenders a while back and I remember something he said. It was that the sensation of travelling is much more preferable to that of arriving or departing. For me this film is that. It is a feeling. One of my favourite moments is when Robert is in the back of the truck and he stares up at the moon through the skylight in the roof, his face staring at it as though it is the first time he has ever really looked at it. His eyes are open finally. It is extremely moving. A life affirming film that everyone should see. I adore it.


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