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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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

Genres:

Drama

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Details

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

Gross USA:

$6,000,000
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Director Wenders wanted to use Roger Corman's B schlock sci-fi, horror film "The Day the Word Ended" as the film within the film, but after Wenders explained the circumstances, Corman suggested that Allan Dwan's "The Most Dangerous Man Alive" who be a better choice. Corman ended up plying a minor role in "The State of Things." See more »

Goofs

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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 »

Connections

References Forty Guns (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Lies to Live By
By The Del-Byzanteens (as The Del Byzanteens)
Courtesy of The Del Byzanteens
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Classic Wenders!
14 May 2003 | by billcodySee all my reviews

Not only is this film a classic - the short ends became Stranger Than Paradise making this film a true two-fer.

A very anti-Hollywood film structured first as a kind of meditation and then turning into a great faux whodunit indictment of Hollywood itself. This won't make a lot of sense until you actually see the film - but see it you must if you are a true film afficianado. Ignore the ridiculous film geek influenced 7.3 rating - the actual rating of 7.7 is much more accurate. One of the films that made Wim Wenders great.


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