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 Originally made for German television, this recently rediscovered, three-and-a-half-hour labyrinth is a satiric and surreal look at the world of tomorrow from one of cinema’s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.
Fassbinder’s WORLD ON A WIRE: Looking Ahead to Today
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.