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Der Stand der Dinge

Wim Wenders West Germany, 1982

Not A Sexy Vampire's rating of the film The State of Things

In some ways, an exorcism for Wenders after his disastrous experience with Coppola and New Hollywood. An enjoyably grumpy Sam Fuller states "Life is in colour but black and white is more realistic." The rest of the film uses that idea as a launchpad to evaluate the differences between European and American cinema and their fundamental incompatibility. Ending makes allegorical sense but is too clever for its own good.