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Kings of the Road (1976)

Im Lauf der Zeit (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | January 1977 (USA)
A traveling projection-equipment mechanic works in Western Germany along the East-German border, visiting worn-out theatres. He meets with a depressed young man whose marriage has just broken up, and the two decide to travel together.

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Wim Wenders

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Wim Wenders
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Cast

Credited cast:
Rüdiger Vogler ... Bruno Winter
Hanns Zischler ... Robert Lander
Lisa Kreuzer ... Pauline, cashier
Rudolf Schündler ... Robert's Father
Marquard Bohm ... Man Who Lost His Wife
Hans Dieter Trayer Hans Dieter Trayer ... Paul, garage owner (as Dieter Traier)
Franziska Stömmer Franziska Stömmer ... Cinema owner
Patric Kreuzer Patric Kreuzer ... Little boy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wim Wenders ... Spectator at Pauline's Theater
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Storyline

Near the Eastern borders with the West Germany, Bruno, a solitary permanent citizen of the road and film projection equipment repairman, witnesses the sad sight of a VW beetle car storming straight into the River Elbe. However, after a while, the depressed driver, Robert, will instinctively accept an offer for a lift in Bruno's repair van, and just like that, an impromptu relationship will begin in the background of the gloomy German countryside, visiting dilapidated movie theatres for maintenance, one small town after another. No one really knows how long is the road that stretches out ahead of them, after all, the only thing that matters is one's commitment to a precious ideal. Written by Nick Riganas

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The End of Cinema... the Beginning of Life! See more »

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German | English

Release Date:

January 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kings of the Road See more »

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Budget:

DEM 680,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Merely 10 meters of dolly track were available for the production. See more »

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The VW beetle driven into the Elbe river is not visible anymore when Robert reaches the waterside. Later after Bruno hands over an espresso to Robert, the beetle is shown as finally sinking. See more »

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References Die Nibelungen: Siegfried (1924) See more »

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Sunday Morning After Church
Music by Axel Linstädt
Lyrics by Bernd Linstädt
Performed by Improved Sound Limited
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Wim Wenders' best
17 May 2006 | by kentleeSee all my reviews

Every American who came of age before reunification of East/West Germany should see this film. It encapsulates a time; a frame of mind. Perhaps its most important feature however, is the way it uses sparse cinematography, and spaces, both literal and figurative, to illustrate the moral and spiritual conditions of the protagonists. There are few films which demonstrate such a mastery of the art of the visual in storytelling. For those interested in the place of film in the broader social context, I'm Lauf Der Zeit provides countless wry observations. At least as important as The Last Picture Show. I am waiting for the definitive authorized DVD with subtitles. By far my favorite Wim Wenders film.


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