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Welt am Draht 

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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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West Germany

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German | English

Release Date:

14 October 1973 (West Germany) See more »

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World on a Wire See more »

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Budget:

DEM 950,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(2 parts)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The film is based on the novel "Simulacron-3" by Daniel F. Galouye. See more »

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One shot is fired at a car, yet three bullet holes are then seen in the windscreen (2hr 50m). See more »

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Fred Stiller: Crazy. Yes, he is. Is he? Stop! Your cigarette! Are you sure that's a cigarette?
Von Weinlaub, secretary of state: It's...
Fred Stiller: The idea of a cigarette. You see? The real cigarettes are somewhere else. Where real people sit on real chairs. Is that a chair? Say, "It's a chair."
Von Weinlaub, secretary of state: It's a chair.
Fred Stiller: It's not a chair. It's the idea of an idea of an idea.
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Soundtracks

Hör mein Lied, Violetta
by Othmar Klose, Rudi Lukesch, and Leone Sinigaglia
Performed by Alfred Hause and His Orchestra
(P) 1962 Polydor
Courtesy Universal Music Domestic Division
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Very interesting topic and a good reflection of the 70´s life style
26 September 1999 | by Bubu-5See all my reviews

When I saw this film the first time I was very impressed concerning the kind of atmosphere the director creates. It is also very interesting to see how they imagine the near future in the year 1974. If you see the film you will see a lot of sets and customs which are called freaky and modern again today.

The topic of the film deals with the old question "What is real and what is illusion?". If you see "The Matrix" you will find a lot of similarities. But the two films are not comparable at all because "Welt am Draht" is art and "The Matrix" is entertainment. If prefer the first one.

Unfortunately I lost my video copy of it.


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