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Im Lauf der Zeit
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January 1977 (USA) 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. | 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
Barbara von Weitershausen .... assistant editor
Other crew
Hans Dreher .... technical director
Renée Gundelach .... consultant

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Im Lauf der Zeit" - West Germany (original title)
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175 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Shot in sequence, with the exception of the prologue.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:
Featured in Die Nacht der Regisseure (1995)See more »
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18 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
A beautiful film, 7 July 2002
Author: ellkew from London

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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