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The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick (1972)

Die Angst des Tormanns beim Elfmeter (original title)
A goalkeeper Josef Bloch is ejected during a game for foul play. He leaves the field and goes to spend the night with a cinema cashier.

Director:

Wim Wenders

Writers:

Peter Handke (dialogue co-writer), Peter Handke (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Arthur Brauss ... Bloch
Kai Fischer ... Hertha
Erika Pluhar ... Gloria
Libgart Schwarz Libgart Schwarz ... Anna
Marie Bardischewski Marie Bardischewski ... Maria
Michael Toost Michael Toost ... Vertreter
Bert Fortell Bert Fortell ... Zollbeamter
Edda Köchl ... Mädchen
Mario Kranz Mario Kranz ... Schuldiener
Ernst Meister Ernst Meister ... Steuerbeamter
Rosl Dorena ... Frau im Bus
Rudi Schippel Rudi Schippel ... Portier
Monika Poeschl Monika Poeschl ... 1. Frisöse (as Monika Pöschl)
Sybille Danzer Sybille Danzer ... 2. Frisöse
Rüdiger Vogler ... Idiot
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After letting in an easy goal, the experienced German goalkeeper, Josef Bloch, believing it is offside, engages in a loud and fierce argument with the referee. Moments later, Josef is sent off, then, packs his things in a small bag, and catches the first tram into Vienna, to wander aimlessly from his cheap hotel to the local cinema. Before long, Gloria, the movie theatre's polite cashier, catches Josef's eye. She seems willing to hear him; however, can she provide a cathartic means of escape? Written by Nick Riganas

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Drama | Sport

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The film remained unavailable for three decades for reasons of music rights. (The original soundtrack includes works of Elvis Presley and the Rolling Stones, which is more expensive than the production of the film itself. ) To make the film possible to view again, the director Wim Wenders obtains the right of several songs and replaces other pieces with new songs of lyrics. Those were produced using period instruments and analog techniques from the 1950s to imitate the sound of that time as faithful as possible. See more »

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References Red Line 7000 (1965) See more »

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Handke and Wenders explore patterns of thought and their relation to reality.
2 November 2002 | by Frank_ZSee all my reviews

The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick (In German with English subtitles), a film by Wim Wenders and Peter Handke from a novella by Peter Handke (1971).

The Goalie s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick is the first collaboration of Wim Wenders and Peter Handke, a collaboration which produced Wings of Desire in 1987. In The Goalie, Handke and Wenders explore patterns of thought and their relation to reality.

The main action of the film occurs in the first minute, where we get one view of how the Goalie misses blocking a penalty kick and loses the game for his team.

Later, we get to hear him describe the action and we also get a view of the way it really happened, the videotaped highlights on the tv news. They are three wonderfully different plausible representations which each explain the result just as well. While only one explains the goalie's anxiety before the penalty kick, all three allow for his anxiety afterwards.

The night after the game, the goalie goes to see "Red Line 7000." This was James Caan's first starring role, a movie about wild young stock car racers getting hooked up with women drawn to them for their romantic image, yet making them settle down once hooked. A Film about moving away from the action and into mundane adult life. So it is that the goalie's anxiety concerned with the end of playing for a living and the beginning of a mundane existence.

Then the goalie sees a film called "Die Zitten der Faelschers" (Faelschers > counterfeiters) and he makes a joke about it. Our hero picks up the ticket girl at the theater and they end up in her apartment, where he kills her as she prepares to leave for work the next day. I suspect Wenders & Handke intend for us to imply that he is killing in this film the thing that got Caan in "Red Line 7000." Several sequences later, the goalie sees another movie, "Gross Mandel," which I cannot identify.

Now Wenders plays with our patterns, our expectations. While critics complained that the plot was disjointed, I think Wenders actually is aiming for this. He is trying to get the viewer to evaluate his/her own preconceptions and expectations about plot.

Several portentous scenes play out to nothing, in the end. A boy disappears, the goalie is a stranger in town, he should be a prime suspect. Nothing. (In the novella, the goalie sees the missing boy s body float by in the scene on the footbridge). The goalie sees a movie "Nur Nach 72 Stunden" ("72 Hours to Go," the pilot for the tv show "Madigan"), what a build up for the goalie as a prime suspect being caught or shooting it out. All for naught.

Patterns... Concepts... But only possibilities, all equally probable. The goalie's explanation: Until the shot is made, all possible plays are equally real to the goalie, he must decide which play to defend (which probability is real).

Which is real? Well, this is art: It makes you think.


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Country:

West Germany | Austria

Language:

German

Release Date:

13 January 1977 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Vienna, Austria

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DEM620,000 (estimated)
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Mono

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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