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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 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)
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 <cassiel@ix.netcom.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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$6,000,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Wim Wenders borrowed the entire cast and crew of The Territory (1981) to make this film. 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 »


Los Angeles
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Courtesy of Slash Records
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An Atmospheric Journey...
23 July 2005 | by (Mexico) – See all my reviews

This movie is probably one of the best movies of the early 80's.

A simple story: the beginning is enigmatically, the dessert?, the space? a lonely and a dead world and people who are trying to survive in a terrible weather, but they are just making a movie in Portugal, then the concepts of money and economics and "the life goes on" appears.

Wenders makes a journey into reality, and this is cruel. The journey from fiction to reality is long and atmospheric. It ends in LA with an assassination. The interior monologues of the actors and the static of each scene is definitively material to be study by every cinematographic student.

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