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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, The (1956)_. The producer is nowhere to be found and director ... 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, The (1956)_. The producer is nowhere to be found and director 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

Director Wenders wanted to use Roger Corman's B schlock sci-fi, horror film "The Day the Word Ended" as the film within the film, but after Wenders explained the circumstances, Corman suggested that Allan Dwan's "The Most Dangerous Man Alive" who be a better choice. Corman ended up plying a minor role in "The State of Things." 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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Lies to Live By
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waiting for the end of the virtual world
8 November 1999 | by (Watsonville, California) – See all my reviews

Between commercial successes like Paris Texas and Angels over Berlin, Wenders still manages to make the kind of seemingly irrelevant road movies such as Santiago and State of Things, that have made him the cult hero he is. Here a cheesy scifi B-movie is interrupted at a climatic scene to follow people just hanging around talking. Which is more cinematic is a question that comes back over and over again. Actively pursuing a life, no matter how mundane or screwed up, seems to be more rewarding than passively waiting to have someone else fulfill your fantasies, or so this film seems to hint. Good film for those still in love with non virtual reality.


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