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?


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 »


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 »


References Most Dangerous Man Alive (1961) See more »


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Classic Wenders!
14 May 2003 | by (seattle, wa) – See all my reviews

Not only is this film a classic - the short ends became Stranger Than Paradise making this film a true two-fer.

A very anti-Hollywood film structured first as a kind of meditation and then turning into a great faux whodunit indictment of Hollywood itself. This won't make a lot of sense until you actually see the film - but see it you must if you are a true film afficianado. Ignore the ridiculous film geek influenced 7.3 rating - the actual rating of 7.7 is much more accurate. One of the films that made Wim Wenders great.

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