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Kings of the Road

Im Lauf der Zeit

Directed by Wim Wenders
West Germany, 1976


A roving film projector repairman saves the life of a depressed psychologist who has driven his car into a river, and they end up on the road together, traveling from one rural German movie theater to another. Along the way, the two men, each running from his past, bond over their shared loneliness.

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Kings of the Road Directed by Wim Wenders
The Road Trilogy was made by a young filmmaker extending his reach, his resources, achieving early maturity and mastery. It’s extremely rare to find movies this open-ended and assured, lucid and lyrical, tender and truthful, anchored in the here and now yet timeless. They are brimming with a sense of shared adventure.
June 04, 2016
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Mr. Vogler plays an itinerant mechanic, traveling from town to town repairing movie projectors — a conceit that allows the film to mourn the end of movies as a mass medium while dramatizing one character’s assertion that “the Yanks colonized our subconscious.” It is Mr. Wenders’s definitive statement and arguably his masterpiece.
June 03, 2016
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One of the key European films of the 1970s, a high-water mark of the New German Cinema and, to my mind, the purest piece of cinema that Wim Wenders has ever produced. It is a gloriously lyrical, ramshackle reflection on life, cinema (and cinemas), male identity, women, postwar alienation, children, and rock and roll, all wrapped up in a road movie that, if we are to believe Wenders, cast and crew made up as they went along, once the initial premise had been established.
June 02, 2016
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