Criterion Collection: World On A Wire

Criterion Collection: World On A Wire

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Cast: Klaus Löwitsch, Barbara Valentin, Günter Lamprecht

     
 

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A scientist in charge of a project that could usher in a bold new era of technology begins experiencing signs of mental illness that may indicate the onset of schizophrenia, but could be the bold first step in merging man and machine in Rainer Werner Fassbinder's mind-bending sci-fi classic. The "Simulacron 1" project was designed by The Institute for Cybernetics and… See more details below

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Overview

A scientist in charge of a project that could usher in a bold new era of technology begins experiencing signs of mental illness that may indicate the onset of schizophrenia, but could be the bold first step in merging man and machine in Rainer Werner Fassbinder's mind-bending sci-fi classic. The "Simulacron 1" project was designed by The Institute for Cybernetics and Futurology to predict the events of the future with uncanny accuracy. Though the benevolent scientists in charge of the project envision the "Simulacron 1" being used to improve living conditions for all the people of planet Earth, other, less altruistic people see it as a source of unparalleled power. The future of the project comes into question, however, when its mastermind, Professor Vollmer, dies unexpectedly. Attributing his death to suicide due to his strange behavior in recent weeks, institute head Herbert Siskins quickly places the capable Dr. Fred Stiller in charge of the project. But it isn't long before Dr. Stiller, too, begins to display signs of mental instability that seem to indicate the early stages of schizophrenia. Now, the deeper Dr. Stiller immerses himself in the project, the more he begins to see signs of life in the electronic 'identity units' of the "Simulacron 1." As the "identity units" begin to take on the appearance of someone he knows, the line between technology and humanity becomes indistinguishable.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/21/2012
UPC:
0715515092111
Original Release:
1973
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
3:32:00
Sales rank:
2,855

Special Features

Fassbinder's "World on a Wire": Looking ahead to today, a fifty-minute documentary about the making of the film by Juliane Lorenz; Interview with German-film scholar Gerd Gemünden; Trailer for the 2010 theatrical release; Plus: a booklet featuring an essay by film critic Ed Halter

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Klaus Löwitsch Fred Stiller
Barbara Valentin Gloria Fromm
Günter Lamprecht Fritz Walfang
Ulli Lommel Rupp, journalist
Margit Carstensen Maya Schmidt-Gentner
Ingrid Caven Uschi, journalist
Peter Chatel Hirse, secretary of state
Eddie Constantine Man in Rolls Royce
Ivan Desny Guenther Lause, uncle of Eva Vollmer
Liselotte Eder Data typist
Joachim Hansen Hans Edelkern
El Hedi Ben Salem Bodyguard
Gottfried John Einstein
Elma Karlowa Keeper of Cafeteria
Christine Kaufmann Party guest
Peter Kern Hospital orderly
Rudolf Lenz Hartmann
Christiane Maybach Lady at the bar
Heinz Meier Von Weinlaub, secretary of state
Peter Moland Employee
Magdalena Montezuma Party guest
Kurt Raab Mark Holm
Katrin Schaake Computer lab assistant
Karl Scheydt Inspector Stuhlfahrt
Werner Schroeter Party guest
Karl Heinz Vosgerau Herbert Siskins
Rudolf Waldemar Brem Hospital orderly
Bruce Low Doctor
Walter Sedlmayr Janitor

Technical Credits
Rainer Werner Fassbinder Director,Screenwriter
Michael Ballhaus Cinematographer
Walter Koch Production Designer
Peter Märthesheimer Producer
Kurt Raab Production Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- World on a Wire
1. The Meeting [5:50]
2. Vollmer's End [2:28]
3. Ten Thousand Units [9:57]
4. Missing Persons [8:55]
5. Vollmer's Paradox [7:13]
6. Who is Edelkern? [5:42]
7. Gift of Gloria [9:03]
8. Routine Visit [4:50]
9. Sabotage [6:57]
10. Christopher Nobody [3:53]
11. Lause, Guenther [7:01]
12. Problems? [7:27]
13. Press Conference [7:02]
14. Dinner With Eva [6:29]
15. Aspirin [4:05]
16. The Real World [8:40]
17. Color Bars [:00]
Disc #2 -- World on a Wire
1. Switched Minds [5:13]
2. High Voltage [6:48]
3. Suspicious Steel [7:18]
4. Above and Below [7:00]
5. Unknown Questions [11:29]
6. My Type of Man [6:42]
7. Escape [7:12]
8. Who's Crazy? [8:53]
9. Manhunt [7:53]
10. Hideout [7:09]
11. A Plot [8:28]
12. "I Love You" [10:39]
13. Murderer! [3:05]
14. "I Am" [9:35]

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