MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 28,306 this week

Der Lauf der Dinge (1988)

7.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.7/10 from 683 users  
Reviews: 9 user | 8 critic

Inside a warehouse, a precarious 70-100 feet long structure has been constructed using various items. When this is set in motion, a chain reaction ensues. Fire, water, law of gravity as ... See full summary »

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Top 10 TV Shows

Brooke Anderson from "Entertainment Tonight" and Melanie McFarland take a look at the Top 10 TV Shows of 2014 in our new series "IMDb Countdown".

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 1057 titles
created 21 Dec 2011
 
list image
a list of 42 titles
created 31 Jul 2012
 
a list of 300 titles
created 10 Sep 2013
 
a list of 657 titles
created 6 months ago
 
list image
a list of 706 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Der Lauf der Dinge (1988)

Der Lauf der Dinge (1988) on IMDb 7.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Der Lauf der Dinge.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A documentary following Kenzo Okuzaki, a 62-year-old WW2 veteran notorious for his protests against Emperor Hirohito, as he tries to expose the needless executions of two Japanese soldiers during the war.

Director: Kazuo Hara
Stars: Kenzo Okuzaki, Riichi Aikawa, Masaichi Hamaguchi
Housekeeping (1987)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In the Pacific Northwest during the 1950's, two young sisters whose mother has abandoned them wind up living with their Aunt Sylvie, whose views of the world and its conventions don't quite... See full summary »

Director: Bill Forsyth
Stars: Christine Lahti, Sara Walker, Andrea Burchill
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A Swiss sailor jumps ship in Lisbon, tired of the noisy engine room, the ship "a floating factory of crazy people." He rents a room and does little. He writes letters to his lover, ... See full summary »

Director: Alain Tanner
Stars: Bruno Ganz, Teresa Madruga, Julia Vonderlinn
Animation | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In an alternative Earth, a young astronaut participates in a controversial fledgling space program.

Director: Hiroyuki Yamaga
Stars: Leo Morimoto, David Thomas, Mitsuki Yayoi
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Two men, a painter and a poor guy, have to cross over Paris by night during World War II and to deliver black market meat. As they walk along dark Parisian streets, they encounter various ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Autant-Lara
Stars: Jean Gabin, Bourvil, Jeannette Batti
The Fiances (1963)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

In the industrial North, Giovanni is a skilled factory worker offered a promotion if he'll go to Sicily for 18 months to assist in a new department. His impending absence strains his ... See full summary »

Director: Ermanno Olmi
Stars: Carlo Cabrini, Anna Canzi
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A traveling projection-equipment mechanic works in Western Germany along the East-German border, visiting worn-out film-theatres. He meets up with a depressed young man whose marriage has just broken up, and the two decide to travel together.

Director: Wim Wenders
Stars: Rüdiger Vogler, Hanns Zischler, Lisa Kreuzer
Adventure | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An evil millionaire named Artigas plans to use a super-explosive device to conquer the world from his headquarters inside an enormous volcano.

Director: Karel Zeman
Stars: Lubor Tokos, Arnost Navrátil, Miroslav Holub
Heima (2007)
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

In the summer of 2006, Sigur Rós returned home to play a series of free, unannounced concerts for the people of Iceland. This film documents their already legendary tour with intimate ... See full summary »

Director: Dean DeBlois
Stars: Jon Thor Birgisson, Orri P. Dyrason, Georg Holm
War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Director: Stanislaw Rózewicz
Stars: Andrzej Banaszewski, Beata Barszczewska, Mariusz Dmochowski
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Two barge skippers fall in love with the same woman.

Director: Helmut Käutner
Stars: Hannelore Schroth, Carl Raddatz, Gustav Knuth
Shara (2003)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The Aso family live in the old town of Nara. One Day, Kei, one of the Aso's twin boys suddenly disappears. Five years later seventeen-year old Shun, the remaining twin, is an art student. ... See full summary »

Director: Naomi Kawase
Stars: Kohei Fukungaga, Yuka Hyyoudo, Naomi Kawase
Edit

Storyline

Inside a warehouse, a precarious 70-100 feet long structure has been constructed using various items. When this is set in motion, a chain reaction ensues. Fire, water, law of gravity as well as chemistry determine the life-cycle of objects - of things. It brings about a story concerning cause and effect, mechanism and art, improbability and precision. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary | Short

Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

|

Release Date:

11 September 1988 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

The Way Things Go  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(original)

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The famous "Cog" advert by Honda, which involves all the parts of a Honda car rolling about and hitting each other to make a chain reaction, is based on this. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Rube Goldberg invention on video
28 July 2003 | by (San Jose, California) – See all my reviews

I've seen this amazing piece perhaps six or seven times in the course of showing it to others, and I'm always amazed every time I see it. It seems to be deceptively simple by the flawless execution of one kinetically or chemically motivated piece of junk affecting another piece of junk, but it happens only because of the hours and hours of thought and patient testing these two whimsical geniuses invested for exactly the effect they want.

It reminds me of the cartoons of Rube Goldberg, or the game of "Mousetrap", where turning a crank starts a series of cascading and improbable events which leads to catching the mouse. Rube Goldberg was well before my time, alas, but his whimsical spirit continues with wonderful works like this.


8 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Theives bennybenbenj
Discuss Der Lauf der Dinge (1988) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page