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1,206 Ratings

World on a Wire

Welt am Draht

West Germany, 1973
Sci-Fi, Mystery, Crime


Somewhere in the future, a computer project called Simulacron is able to simulate a full featured reality. When project leader Henry Vollmer suddenly dies, his successor Dr. Fred Stiller experiences odd phenomena. There has to be someone behind all this. Could Simulacron be the one responsible?

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World on a Wire Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
There’s no denying this remarkable work ethic also produced a feeling of urgency (as well as a tense paranoia) that’s still palpable four decades after WORLD ON A WIRE was made. No less than any other film of his career, it illustrates the radical will behind Fassbinder’s art.
December 15, 2017
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Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s three-and-a-half-hour, two-part, made-for-TV science-fiction thriller, from 1973—which he directed at the age of twenty-seven—is an astonishing display of precocious virtuosity… With high-style, high-gloss décor and ubiquitous video monitors, captured in gyrating tracking shots and jolting zooms, he evokes unstable distortions of images within images.
July 14, 2017
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Fassbinder works with science fiction ingeniously, layering his prescient story and characters with themes many of his other picture’s explore — power dynamics in relationships, identity, societal perceptions, how we observe from inside a film as characters and outside of a film as voyeurs, how we style our lives, and how we inhabit the style around us.
March 28, 2017
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