Fassbinder's WORLD ON A WIRE (1973)
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, April 16-18, 2012:
WORLD ON A WIRE
1973, West Germany, 212 minutes, 35mm, Janus Films
Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Written by Daniel F. Galouye, Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Starring Klaus Löwitsch, Barbara Valentin, Mascha Rabben, Karl Heinz Vosgerau
Mon, Tue, & Wed: 7:30 pm
Synopsis of WORLD ON A WIRE (from Janus Films):
A dystopic science-fiction epic, World on a Wire is German wunderkind Rainer Werner Fassbinder's gloriously cracked, boundlessly inventive take on future paranoia. With dashes of Kubrick, Vonnegut, and Dick, but a flavor entirely his own, Fassbinder tells the noir-spiked tale of reluctant action hero Fred Stiller (Klaus Lowitsch), a cybernetics engineer who uncovers a massive corporate and governmental conspiracy. At risk? Our entire (virtual) reality as we know it. This long unseen three-and-a-half-hour labyrinth is a satiric and surreal look at the weird world of tomorrow from one of cinema's kinkiest geniuses.
Reviews of WORLD ON A WIRE:
"A textbook example of a film that was ahead of its time a movie that anticipates Blade Runner in its meditation on artificial and human intelligence and The Matrix in its conception of reality as a computer-generated illusion."
- Dennis Lim, The New York Times
"FIVE STARS! The discovery of the season."
- Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"Nothing short of breathtaking."
- A.O. Scott, The New York Times
"There are movies that make news and movies that are news. World on a Wire is one of the latter."
- J. Hoberman, The Village Voice
"Brilliantly sardonic ... may be even more timely now than when it was made."
- Richard Brody, The New Yorker
"Bridles with a pulpy energy and drive ... one of the summer's essential movie events."
- Jason Anderson, The Grid TO
"Thoroughly exciting ... a totally self-serious bit of sci-fi filmmaking that has an excellent sense of humour about itself."
- John Semley, Torontoist
"A fascinating time warp of a movie, elegant in design and bubbling with ideas."
- Chris Knight, The National Post
"Offers many delights for buffs of both sci-fi and Fassbinder."
- Peter Howell, The Toronto Star
"Captivating ... Fassbinder makes the most of each minute."
- Sarah Gopaul, Toronto Film Scene
"A two-part disco-futurist tour de force ... more timely today than ever before."
- Julian Carrington, Next Projection
"Ambitiously brainy sci-fi ... definitely recommended for those looking for a retro-futuristic mind trip."
- Joe Bendel, Libertas Film Magazine
"A must see for fans of Fassbinder and dystopic visions alike."
- Pat Padua, DCist
"A major rediscovery in speculative science fiction ... frequently spectacular and, in the end, surprisingly moving."
- Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
"Wildly original." - Zach G, Brightest Young Things
"Fassbinder's approach is quite unlike Hollywood's ... the story's juice flows from its paranoiac mood, beautifully framed compositions and extravagant set pieces."
- Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post
"A visually arresting, slick, and colorful adventure from start to finish."
- Chad Webb, 411mania.com
"MAY BE THE MOST IMPORTANT FILM YOU SEE THIS YEAR. World on a Wire reminds us what an intoxicating and dramatically sophisticated artist [Fassbinder] was."
- Peter Simek, D Magazine
"Cyberpunk before anyone coined the term, the film evokes a kind of Philip K. Dick gone Teutonic Deluxe."
- Steve Dollar, GreenCine Daily
"A mesmerizing trip into mind-shifting, memory-challenged perception and madness ... World On A Wire is priceless cinema."
- Omar P.L. Moore, The Popcorn Reel
"Arresting ... almost 40 years later, the miniseries feels hyper-relevant for our times and fetishes."
- Ryan Lattanzio, SF Appeal
"A daring film by a daring director. In his only foray into science fiction, Fassbinder embraces the genre, shooting with confidence and a palpably giddy pleasure."
- Hans Morgenstern, Beached Miami
"Clearly ahead of its time." - Jonathan Kiefer, KQED
"Brilliant As in its story, World on a Wire brings the revelation of a strange yet familiar parallel universe that has existed without our knowledge."
- Peter Lucas, Glasstire
"Genuinely breathtaking: a long, satisfying encounter with the relatively newly hatched Fassbinder spinning off an epic story with effortless, masterful ease."
- Shawn Levy, The Oregonian
"A can't-miss affair World may stand as one of the German master's five or so greatest overall achievements."
- Michael Sicinski, The Nashville Scene
"A gorgeous, strange time capsule of futurism past there are only two words for it: It's great."
- Ray Pride, Newcity Film
"FIVE STARS! It's astonishing to think that the greatest German filmmaker since the second world war was ahead of his time in yet another way."
- Ben Kenigsberg, Time Out Chicago
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