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Courtesy of Janus Films

Law Building, Lower Level
1001 Bissonnet
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Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder

1973, in German with English subtitles

West Germany

212 minutes



World on a Wire

Shown in two parts with a 15-minute intermission between the films
Part 1 = 105 minutes / Part 2 = 107 minutes
(To attend on separate days, bring your ticket when you come back for Part 2)

"Cinechat" on Sunday afternoon*

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 Stanley Kubrick, Kurt Vonnegut, and Phillip K. Dick, 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 is humankind’s entire (virtual) reality. This long unseen three-and-a-half-hour, made-for-German-television labyrinth is a satiric and surreal look at the weird world of tomorrow from one of cinema’s kinkiest geniuses.

“FIVE STARS! The discovery of the season, rarely screened in America but very much a key chapter in Fassbinder’s story.” —Time Out New York

*Join us for ¨Cinechat,¨ the first in a series of discussions following films shown at the MFAH! To enhance your viewing experience, discuss World on a Wire with UH German film professor Sandy Frieden at Cafe Express on Sunday, October 9 at 4 pm. The conversation is free, but menu items are Dutch treat. Discount coupons available with the purchase of your film ticket.