World on a Wire
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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.
Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Starring Klaus Löwitsch, Barbara Valentin and Mascha Rabben
German w/English subtitles
212 min, blu-ray
“Nothing short of breathtaking.” -A.O. Scott, The New York Times