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The State of Things (1982)

Der Stand der Dinge (original title)
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
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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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Release Date:

18 February 1983 (USA)  »

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Gross:

$6,000,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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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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Soundtracks

Los Angeles
By X
Courtesy of Slash Records
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A masterpiece of early Wenders and 1980s Los Angeles
1 December 2003 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

From the first time I saw it, this film resonated strongly on two levels; first, it is an excellent example of Wenders at his best: an almost dreamy progression of exactingly composed images, mysterious characters, a "story" which comes as close as film can to "truth", and for the cineastes in the audience, a complex dialogue with films of the past. But my second reason for loving this film is far more personal. As a teenager growing up in Hollywood during the early 1980s, I knew nothing about Wim Wenders or film history, but friends guided me to this film because of the soundtrack and the images at the end, inside an RV wandering aimlessly in Hollywood. This is, as far as I know, the first film to use either X or Joe Ely in the soundtrack. It also captures a lost city with amazing precision; almost every shot at the end contains some nostalgic element, from Tiny Naylor's drive-in to the Parisian Room, from Schwab's Pharmacy to the white smog in Laurel Canyon. This is a great film, but for Los Angelenos of my generation, it's a treasure-trove.


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