World On A Wire – Criterion [Blu-ray] (1973) *NEW*

World On A Wire – Criterion [Blu-ray] (1973) *NEW*


World on a Wire is a gloriously paranoid, boundlessly inventive take on the future from German wunderkind Rainer Werner Fassbinder (The Marriage of Maria Braun). With dashes of Stanley Kubrick, Kurt Vonnegut, and Philip K. Dick, as well as a flavor entirely his own, Fassbinder tells the noir-spiked tale of a reluctant action hero, Fred Stiller (The Odessa File’s Klaus Lowitsch), a cybernetics engineer who uncovers a massive corporate conspiracy. At risk? (Virtual) reality as we know it. Originally made for German television, this recently rediscovered, three-and-a-half-hour labyrinth is a satiric and surreal look at the weird world of tomorrow from one of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.

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A cybernetics engineer (Klaus Lowitsch) begins observing odd phenomena in the computer generated virtual reality program that he oversees.
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Press info ("Presseheft") front cover
Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Produced by
  • Peter Märthesheimer
  • Alexander Wesemann
Screenplay by
Based on Simulacron-3
by Daniel F. Galouye
Music by Gottfried Hüngsberg
Edited by
  • Ursula Elles
  • Marie Anne Gerhardt
Distributed by Janus Films
Release date
1973 (TV)
Running time
205 minutes
(I: 100 / II: 105)
Country West Germany
Language German

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Weight 0.5 lbs
Dimensions 5.3 × 0.5 × 6.75 in


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