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Welt am Draht 

Not Rated | | Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi | TV Mini-Series (1973– )
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Somewhere in the future there is a computer project called Simulacron one of which is able to simulate a full featured reality, when suddenly project leader Henry Vollmer dies. His ... See full summary »

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Somewhere in the future there is a computer project called Simulacron one of which is able to simulate a full featured reality, when suddenly project leader Henry Vollmer dies. His successor Dr. Fred Stiller experiences odd phenomena. A good friend, Guenther Lause, disappears in the middle of a conversation and a week later nobody has ever heard of him. And those fits of dizzyness - Stiller cannot believe himself to be fool. There has to be an explanation for all this. Could Simulacron have something to do with it? Written by Oliver Heidelbach

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Crime | Mystery | Sci-Fi

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14 October 1973 (West Germany)  »

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World on a Wire  »

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DEM 950,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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Premiered on West German television as a two-part mini-series in 1973. The film was not seen again until sometime after 2000, when a single digital version began showing up on the Internet and was passed around by Fassbinder fans through file sharing communities. See more »

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In the second part of the film, the scene at Fred's cabin: When the camera moves surrounds the cabin, at one point the shadow of the camera is clearly projected on the wooden wall. See more »

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Gloria Fromm: 10,000 people. They're people, aren't they?
Fred Stiller: As you like. To us they're mere circuits. But to them... They live just like we do... build roads, listen to music, eat...
Gloria Fromm: And make love?
Fred Stiller: That, too. Make love, enjoy life, have kids.
Gloria Fromm: Exciting.
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References Dishonored (1931) See more »

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An der schönen blauen Donau
Music by Johann Strauss (as Johann Strauß)
performed by: Berliner Philharmoniker
Conducted by Herbert von Karajan
Courtesy Universal Music Classics and Jazz
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Matrix, Dark City, eXistenZ, 13th Floor.....Welt am Draht!
9 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

First of all, this film is nearly impossible to get a grip on, but the upcoming Fassbinder DVD-Collection (Code 2!) hopefully includes this one. If you are fond of virtual reality stories (and capable of understanding the German language) you might want to look for a video-hunt. This film is truly fascinating, with a great cast of famous (and sometimes notorious...) German actors. It foreshadows everything about VR - because it is the first adaption of the novel "Simulacron", on which "13th Floor" is based as well. "Welt am Draht" is brilliantly shot by Michael Ballhaus and Ulrich Prinz. Although I am not a fan of Fassbinder's works, I really liked the eerie atmosphere and the hilarious 70's design.

Rating 9/10!


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