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World on a Wire 

Welt am Draht (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi | TV Mini-Series (1973– )
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Somewhere in the future there is a computer project called Simulacron one of which is able to simulate a full featured reality, when suddenly project leader Henry Vollmer dies. His ... See full summary »

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Klaus Löwitsch ...  Fred Stiller unknown episodes
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Somewhere in the future there is a computer project called Simulacron one of which is able to simulate a full featured reality, when suddenly project leader Henry Vollmer dies. His successor Dr. Fred Stiller experiences odd phenomena. A good friend, Guenther Lause, disappears in the middle of a conversation and a week later nobody has ever heard of him. And those fits of dizzyness - Stiller cannot believe himself to be fool. There has to be an explanation for all this. Could Simulacron have something to do with it? Written by Oliver Heidelbach

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Crime | Mystery | Sci-Fi

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Country:

West Germany

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German | English

Release Date:

14 October 1973 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

World on a Wire See more »

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Budget:

DEM950,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(2 parts)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Rainer Werner Fassbinder was only 27 years old when he directed this. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning of Part 1 around the 7:10 mark as the camera does a long pull away from Professor Vollmer and Lause, a crewman's (possibly the camera operator) shoe can be seen reflected in the mirrored pedestal with the bust on top of it in the right hand bottom corner of the screen. See more »

Quotes

Fred Stiller: You're not Fritz Walfang. You're Einstein. My God, what is this?
Einstein: [Disguised as Fritz Walfang] Let me go, please! Don't send me back. It's my only chance. I want to be a human being. And I will. This is the first step. I'll make the next one, too. Into the real world.
Fred Stiller: What do you mean? This is the real world...
Einstein: That's what you think. But the truth is this world, which you take for reality, is only a simulation model of the real world. Fred Stiller, the big computer boss. You're nothing but a mass...
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Amara terra mia
Music: Domenico Modugno
Lyrics: Enrica Bonaccorti
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Frozen world on a wire
8 September 2013 | by bakchuSee all my reviews

This movie, made for TV in 1973 and consisting of two parts with a total length of more than three hours, certainly can seem a bit slow-going at times. However, there's so much internal tension in the slowly unfolding story that at the end, it doesn't feel too long or drawn-out at all. This is also thanks to the splendid performance by Klaus Löwitsch who convincingly plays the main character as a man who almost frantically tries to keep his guarded, restrained demeanour as his environment gets more and more puzzling and threatening. If we compare "World on a Wire" with the later adaptation "The Thirteenth Floor" which is based on the same book, the earlier film is a much more interesting experience - more layers, more depth, more interesting actors. Craig Bierko's interpretation of the main character in "The Thirteenth Floor" is not a tenth as interesting as Löwitsch's performance - I can't find the emotion in Bierko's "Douglas Hall" character, the self-doubt, the despair... it's all there in Löwitsch's "Fred Stiller". And "World on a Wire" isn't just a pioneering movie, it's also strangely timeless despite the prevalent seventies design. With the very clear, fine picture of the current DVD restoration it doesn't feel dated. It's a strange, half frozen world seemingly not entirely connected to reality - which of course fits the theme very well.


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