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World on a Wire 

Welt am Draht (original title)
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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Klaus Löwitsch ...  Fred Stiller unknown episodes
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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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Country:

West Germany

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German | English

Release Date:

14 October 1973 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

World on a Wire See more »

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Budget:

DEM950,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(2 parts)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

In the beginning of Part 1 around the 7:10 mark as the camera does a long pull away from Professor Vollmer and Lause, a crewman's (possibly the camera operator) shoe can be seen reflected in the mirrored pedestal with the bust on top of it in the right hand bottom corner of the screen. See more »

Quotes

Gloria Fromm: I'm one of his puppets. But, what's even worse is, I love it. At least at night.
Fred Stiller: Want to sleep with me?
Gloria Fromm: Ya.
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References Alphaville (1965) See more »

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Boys In The Backroom
Music: Friedrich Hollaender
Lyrics: Frank Loesser (as Frank Lösser)
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Welt am Draht changed the way i perceive the world
20 March 2001 | by paragateSee all my reviews

I saw Welt am Draht in German TV when it was broadcast first, sometime 1973 or 74 i guess. I was nine or ten years old then, and it left a tremendous impression on me -- World On Wires is definitely one of my Myths of Childhood.

The two or three parts were aired again two or three times, the last time i watched it must have been in the eighties. I recorded them, but, very unfortunately, somehow these tapes got lost in the eddies of reality. It is hard to impossible to find Welt am Draht anywhere these days, which is really sad.

Welt am Draht changed the way i perceive the world. It is its credibility, the haunting story, the atmosphere of Germany in the early seventies, the actors, everything. It was very up to date then, and i think it is very much so now. We used to watch a lot of SF on TV, and I remember several serials that were in atmosphere and outlook so close to RWF's Welt, it has almost all melted into a kind of emotion, some sort of dim remembrance of future.


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