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The State of Things (1982)

Der Stand der Dinge (original title)
On location in Portugal, a film crew runs out of film while making their own version of Roger Corman's Day the World Ended (1955). The producer is nowhere to be found and director Friedrich... See full summary »

Director:

Wim Wenders

Writers:

Robert Kramer (screenplay), Wim Wenders (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Isabelle Weingarten Isabelle Weingarten ... Anna
Rebecca Pauly Rebecca Pauly ... Joan
Jeffrey Kime Jeffrey Kime ... Mark
Geoffrey Carey Geoffrey Carey ... Robert
Camila Mora-Scheihing Camila Mora-Scheihing ... Julia (as Camila Mora)
Alexandra Auder Alexandra Auder ... Jane
Patrick Bauchau ... Friedrich Munro
John Paul Getty III John Paul Getty III ... Dennis (as J. Paul Getty III)
Viva ... Kate
Samuel Fuller ... Joe
Artur Semedo Artur Semedo ... Production Manager
Francisco Baião Francisco Baião ... Soundman
Robert Kramer Robert Kramer ... Camera Operator
Allen Garfield ... Gordon
Roger Corman ... The Lawyer
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Storyline

On location in Portugal, a film crew runs out of film while making their own version of Roger Corman's Day the World Ended (1955). The producer is nowhere to be found and director Friedrich Munro attempts to find him in hopes of being able to finish the film. Written by Karl Engel <cassiel@ix.netcom.com>

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They didn't want to kill him. They just wanted a story.

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Trivia

Wim Wenders borrowed the entire cast and crew of The Territory (1981) to make this film. See more »

Goofs

[All goofs for this title are spoilers.] See more »

Quotes

Mark: You know, I take pictures, photographs, but I never really thought in black and white before I saw our rushes. Do you know what I mean? You can see the shape of things.
Joe: Life is in colour, but black and white is more realistic.
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Crazy Credits

When the opening credits finally appear(about 10 minutes into the film), they appear letter by letter as if typed by a typewriter. When the credits completely fill the screen, the camera pans to the left, wiping the credits off the screen. See more »

Alternate Versions

The sci-fi introduction of the German edit is tainted in brown. This edit is also 12 seconds shorter. At 37'03", the Cornelita song has only one verse. See more »

Connections

Featured in Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Fools Fall in Love
By Joe Ely
Courtesy of MCA Records
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User Reviews

Wender's One Off
18 November 2001 | by neguinhoSee all my reviews

This film was shot by Wenders while he was waiting for Coppola to get the financing to complete Hammett and his frustrations with that experience are clearly expressed here. It is a very personal film and, as such, I think one of his best. The end sequence in LA is classic. Shot in beautiful black and white, this is really a must see for any fan of the 'art film' in general and of Wenders' work in particular.


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Language:

English | French | Portuguese

Release Date:

18 February 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The State of Things See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,700
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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