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The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick

Die Angst des Tormanns beim Elfmeter

Directed by Wim Wenders
West Germany, Austria, 1972
Drama, Sport


The goalkeeper Josef Bloch is sent off after committing a foul during an away game. This causes him to completely lose his bearings. He wanders aimlessly through the city streets and spends the night with the box-office attendant of a movie theatre.

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The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick Directed by Wim Wenders

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Wenders is not just playing on the romance of America, but also its dark side. Bloch’s America is the America of Jim Thompson. This is America as a lawless and cruel place of violence. Bloch carries it around in his head.
July 13, 2018
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The anti-suspense builds to a flicker of light behind the protagonist’s numb visage, the human condition as the unlucky goalie “in the wrong corner, sitting in a puddle.” The alliance with Hawks’ Red Line 7000 is explicitly acknowledged, Kitano offers a baseball-gangland retelling in Boiling Point.
January 01, 2010
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