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The State of Things (1982)
"Der Stand der Dinge" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  18 February 1983 (USA)
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On location in Portugal, a film crew runs out of film while making their own version of Roger Corman's Day the World Ended (1955). The producer is nowhere to be found and director Friedrich... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Isabelle Weingarten ...
Anna
Rebecca Pauly ...
Joan
Jeffrey Kime ...
Mark
Geoffrey Carey ...
Robert
Camila Mora-Scheihing ...
Julia (as Camila Mora)
Alexandra Auder ...
Jane
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Friedrich Munro
Paul Getty Jr. ...
Dennis (as J. Paul Getty III)
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Kate
Samuel Fuller ...
Joe
Artur Semedo ...
Production Manager
Francisco Baião ...
Soundman
Robert Kramer ...
Camera Operator
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Gordon
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The Lawyer
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Storyline

On location in Portugal, a film crew runs out of film while making their own version of Roger Corman's Day the World Ended (1955). The producer is nowhere to be found and director Friedrich Munro attempts to find him in hopes of being able to finish the film. Written by Karl Engel <cassiel@ix.netcom.com>

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They didn't want to kill him. They just wanted a story.

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18 February 1983 (USA)  »

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$6,000,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Samuel Fuller's character is a cameraman named Joe. Fuller named him in honor of his friend and longtime cinematographer, Joseph F. Biroc. See more »

Quotes

Mark: You know, I take pictures, photographs, but I never really thought in black and white before I saw our rushes. Do you know what I mean? You can see the shape of things.
Joe: Life is in colour, but black and white is more realistic.
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Crazy Credits

When the opening credits finally appear(about 10 minutes into the film), they appear letter by letter as if typed by a typewriter. When the credits completely fill the screen, the camera pans to the left, wiping the credits off the screen. See more »

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References The Searchers (1956) See more »

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Wender's One Off
18 November 2001 | by (NYC, NY) – See all my reviews

This film was shot by Wenders while he was waiting for Coppola to get the financing to complete Hammett and his frustrations with that experience are clearly expressed here. It is a very personal film and, as such, I think one of his best. The end sequence in LA is classic. Shot in beautiful black and white, this is really a must see for any fan of the 'art film' in general and of Wenders' work in particular.


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