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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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The State of Things  »

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Box Office

Gross:

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

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