A conspiracy turned into reality. It feels as though it never ended. It challenges the perception of the viewer to see what is reality (and what isn't). This is actually the type of novel I wanted to write. Didn't know it was a movie till I found it on Kanopy. If you get the chance to see this film, I highly recommend it!
What a gem! Fassbinder was so versatile that it’s hard to believe the same person who gave us Ali: Fear Eats the Soul could give us this mindtrip of a movie. But he did, and it is one of my all time favorite pieces of film. Here, Fassbinder was a madman with his use of mirrors, granting even the most inconsequential scenes a certain level of mystique. A surreal, tense, mind boggling masterpiece.
If paranoia was an aesthetic! Gleeful. Perverse. Necessarily distant. And, via all of that, entirely serious. The commodification of lives for identity tourism or for elaborate, detached marketing experiments by the oligarchs... it's less a fear of our own meaninglessness & more the existential, entirely justified fear that we might reap what we sow; fear of our inescapable reflection, & the fragility of our denial*
A visionary masterpiece on visual aesthetic and science fiction themes, all of that made by the hands of Fassbinder with a german Jack Nicholson as the leading character. Oh man the ending zoom out on the ruins of this world without a god anymore, has an absurdly huge value.
One of the most challenging and unusual films directed by Fassbinder. About the prevailing cybernetic-technological order in our life and in our societies. The message about the anthropological misery can be associated with the reading of G. Anders' critics and prophetic books in the eco-industrial field.
It took me all day to finish this movie. It never seemed to end, which was fine with me. Bring on the weirdness. It seems like RWF's answer to 'Alphaville' and even has Eddie Constantine in it. Raab was doing his Fritz Haarmann, while Klaus Löwitsch did a very credible action hero. Nothing is as it seems!
Top Ten countdown – #4 Fassbinder uses long zoom-outs and long panning shots to build a world full of reflecting images and ideas. Layered so that each scene adds on new meaning to the whole; pace slowly revealing the existential crisis at its heart. As much a commentary about our own reality, as well as metacommentary on the worlds created by films (which characters cannot escape) and the filmmaker as puppet master.
World on a Wire is a fascinating effort by RWF, powered by staggering production design and expressionistic acting and camera movements, which albeit seeming awkward at first, fit perfectly within Fred Stiller's 'reality' and all its underdeveloped electromagnetic impulses.Challenging perception and raising questions about our own existence, the film laid the groundwork to all existencial sic-fis in decades to come.