World on a Wire

World on a Wire

5 Episodes

World on a Wire is a gloriously paranoid, boundlessly inventive take on the future from German wunderkind Rainer Werner Fassbinder. With dashes of Stanley Kubrick, Kurt Vonnegut, and Philip K. Dick, Fassbinder tells the noir-spiked tale of reluctant hero Fred Stiller (Klaus Löwitsch), 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 Originally made for German television, this recently rediscovered, three-and-a-half-hour labyrinth is a satiric and surreal look at the world of tomorrow from one of cinema’s kinkiest geniuses.

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World on a Wire
  • WORLD ON A WIRE: Part 1

    Episode 1

    Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder • 1973 • Germany

    WORLD ON A WIRE is a gloriously paranoid, boundlessly inventive take on the future from German wunderkind Rainer Werner Fassbinder. With dashes of Stanley Kubrick, Kurt Vonnegut, and Philip K. Dick, Fassbinder tells the noir-spiked tale of re...

  • WORLD ON A WIRE: Part 2

    Episode 2

    Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder • 1973 • Germany

    WORLD ON A WIRE is a gloriously paranoid, boundlessly inventive take on the future from German wunderkind Rainer Werner Fassbinder. With dashes of Stanley Kubrick, Kurt Vonnegut, and Philip K. Dick, Fassbinder tells the noir-spiked tale of re...

  • Gerd Gemünden on WORLD ON A WIRE

    Episode 3

    This interview with Rainer Werner Fassbinder scholar Gerd Gemünden was recorded in 2011.

  • Fassbinder’s WORLD ON A WIRE: Looking Ahead to Today

    Episode 4

    Directed by Juliane Lorenz, this 2010 documentary about the making of WORLD ON A WIRE features interviews with cinematographer Michael Ballhaus, coscreenwriter Fritz Müller-Scherz, and actor Karl-Heinz Vosgerau.

  • Rian Johnson on WORLD ON A WIRE

    Episode 5