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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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Release Date:

18 February 1983 (USA)  »

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The State of Things  »

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$6,000,000 (USA)
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Trivia

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 »

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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stories only happen in stories
27 June 2010 | by (Nova Scotia, Canada) – See all my reviews

The thing about a film like "The State of Things", much like Wenders' earlier film "The Wrong Movement", is how too much introspection can really start to drag one down over time. Both pictures have the unfortunate distinction of talking themselves to death. This is not a film that gives you insight into life so much as insight into its specific characters. The value of this tends to decrease in the face of the fact that we never really get to know the characters in the first place. So this story seems to play like an ever-extending observation into enigmas, where each answer is really a question, like the cinematic equivalent of the "Jeopardy!" game show.

There are moments of true beauty, there's no denying that. But the beauty comes in the cinematography, the silences - not in the dialogue. The multiple cinematographers create a nice feel together, a fantastic series of images. "The State of Things" is almost always worth looking at, just not always engaging to fully experience. The ending is somewhat of a curiosity. Neither particularly disastrous nor completely convincing. It feels more like an artistic statement. And not one of great depth or meaning, either.


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