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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

Writer:

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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Dieser männer bringen was ins rollen. See more »

Genres:

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Certificate:

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German | English

Release Date:

January 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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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 Zwei Bayern im Urwald (1957) See more »

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Love in Vain
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Written by Robert Johnson
Sung briefly by Rüdiger Vogler and Hanns Zischler at the train station
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1:666; everything must change
15 November 2003 | by Daniel KarlssonSee all my reviews

A German road movie...if you can call it that, since it plays on a high artistic and intellectual level. Very natural and humane, and above all, beautiful. It's a reflection of life, with substance, a good script and a great sense humor. It might primary be a story about friendship and lost childhood, but it's also about time. Everything must change, nothing can be as it is forever.

The cinematographer and/or camera man have obviously done a more or less perfect work with every scene in the film. Every frame is built on the golden section. I loved it. The black and white photo are also astonishing beautiful in some scenes.

An enjoyable trip through Germany, delightful for the mind as well as for the eyes. Not for the mainstream movie-goer though.

4/5


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