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World on a Wire(Welt am Draht)

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West Germany · 1973-1973
1 seasons · Completed
3h 25m
Director Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Starring Klaus Löwitsch, Barbara Valentin, Mascha Rabben, Karl-Heinz Vosgerau
Genre Drama, Science Fiction, Thriller, Mystery

After his predecessor dies suddenly, cybernetics enginner Fred Stiller takes over a virtual reality project called Simulacron. Strange things start to happen: men he knows he's spoken to disappear, and no one remembers them. He keeps having fits of dizziness. Could Simulacron be the key to these mysteries?

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Washington Post by

Seen now, the movie seems as timely as it is outdated, its themes contemporary even if its clothing and hairdos are anything but.


The New York Times by A.O. Scott

World on a Wire, while too slow and diffuse to count as a lost masterpiece, is valuable in expanding our sense of what Fassbinder could do and is also a source of much visual and intellectual pleasure in its own right.


Time Out by Joshua Rothkopf

World on a Wire is the discovery of the season, rarely screened in America but very much a key chapter in Fassbinder's story--a step toward bigger budgets and slicker production values, yet clarifying of his core artistic legacy.


Chicago Sun-Times by Roger Ebert

World on a Wire is slowed down compared to most Fassbinder. He usually evokes overwrought passions, sudden angers and jealousies, emotional explosions, people hiding turmoil beneath a surface of pose. Here there's less of that emotional energy. But if you know Fassbinder, you might want to see this as an exercise of his mind, a demonstration of how one of his stories might be transformed by the detachment of science fiction.


Slant Magazine by Simon Abrams

Fassbinder's sumptuous 205-minute epic is intriguing as a prototype for later and more palatably cynical sci-fi standards like "Blade Runner" or even "Total Recall."