Der Stand der Dinge (1982)

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


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 <>

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




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Release Date:

18 February 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The State of Things  »

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$6,000,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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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One of my all time favorite
18 January 2000 | by (Montreal, Canada) – See all my reviews

This is one movie I've enjoyed seeing over and over.It's one of my all time favorite. The story is pretty simple; A filmmaker runs out of money while shooting in Portugal. He goes looking for his producer in Los Angeles to find out what is going on. This one of the most beautifully shot movie in black and white I've seen and it helps to set the overall atmosphere of the film. The cast is great and the story flows right along. Apart from a few lenghty scenes (wich is why I gave it a 9), you won't be disappointed.If you're interested at all about movie making don't miss this one.

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