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January 1977 (USA) See more »
Dieser männer bringen was ins rollen. See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Rüdiger Vogler ... Bruno Winter

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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Wim Wenders ... Spectator at Pauline's Theater
Peter Kaiser ... Movie presenter (uncredited)
Michael Wiedemann ... Teacher (uncredited)

Directed by
Wim Wenders 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Wim Wenders 

Produced by
Wim Wenders .... producer
Original Music by
Axel Linstädt 
Cinematography by
Robby Müller 
Martin Schäfer 
Film Editing by
Peter Przygodda 
Production Design by
Bernd Hirskorn 
Heidi Lüdi 
Sound Department
Bruno Bollhalder .... sound
Martin Müller .... sound engineer
Paul Schöler .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Martin Schäfer .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Philipp Orgassa .... digital restoration colorist
Barbara von Weitershausen .... assistant editor
Other crew
Hans Dreher .... technical director
Renée Gundelach .... consultant

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Also Known As:
"Im Lauf der Zeit" - West Germany (original title)
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175 min
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1.66 : 1 See more »
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Merely 10 meters of dolly track were available for the production.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Movie Connections:
References Die Nibelungen: Siegfried (1924)See more »
Lisa's AccelerandoSee more »


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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Wim Wenders' best, 17 May 2006
Author: Kent Lee from United States

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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