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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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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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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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the essence of things
23 August 2007 | by (MagnaDoodle) – See all my reviews

This is not a movie that's easy to understand, yet it easily makes you think. It smells of nostalgia and of things past and fading. The film that the film crew is shooting about survivors to a nuclear holocaust is a parallel to the director's own journey to collect money from his LA producer in order to continue the film. The movie is visually beautiful, full of the magic of black and white photography. It's also a movie that constantly speaks about itself, about the hardships of shooting black and white, and about the need for "a story" which the film itself seems to lack. It tries not to be a film, but to film life. Yet, in the ordinary and particular of everyday life it conveys the eternal and universal.

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