Until The End of the World is an odyssey for the modern age. As with Homer’s Odyssey, the purpose of the journey is to restore sight – a spiritual reconciliation between an obsessed father and a deserted son. Dr. Farber, in trying to find a cure for his wife’s blindness, has created a device that allows the user to send images directly to the brain, enabling the blind to see. The creation and operation of such a machine is in stark contrast to a deteriorating global situation, where the continued existence of mankind is under threat from a nuclear powered satellite that is falling toward earth. —IMDb
Born in Dusseldorf just after the end of World War II, German film director Wim Wenders grew up with an insatiable appetite for American movies. Not all that interested in big-budget products, he, instead, developed a fascination with B-movies, notably melodramas and Westerns. After studying Medicine and Philosophy in his native country, Wenders took up art in Paris (a mecca for viewing American films), and then returned to his homeland to attend Munich’s Academy of Film and Television. Like many of his French movie-fan brethren, Wenders began his career writing film criticism before directing a few short subjects of his own, and, in 1970, he and several other young filmmakers formed a production-distribution firm, Filmverlag Der Autoren. Summer in the City (1970) was Wenders’ first feature film, but it was his 1973 adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter that first brought him attention outside of Germany. The film included many accomplishments, most notably coaxing… read more
To fully appreciate it, you have to see the uncut 5 hour print, NOT the butchered 3 hr US version. I think its an epic masterpiece, and probably Wim Wenders' best film, even more than "Wings of Desire" or "Paris Texas". Great soundtrack too. ***** 5
Although Wim Wenders' cat-and-mouse global travelogue of the near future (past) is dated, there are some memorable moments and wonderful impressions of a time set on the cusp of a new century. Starring Solveig Dommartin and William Hurt, their international odyssey in search of a doctor's innovative technology fascinates and engages in a lengthy film worthy of a miniseries. It would be terrific to see this again.
Certainly not a great film, moments yes. Now that soundtrack ...that was love.
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