The State of Things 1982

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Wim Wenders' The State of Things (Der Stand der Dinge) was financed by one of the director's chief mentors, Francis Ford Coppola. This highly autobiographical work concerns a shoestring movie producer and his ragtag crew. Stranded in the outer reaches of Portugal, the director doesn't even have any film in his camera. There's nothing left to do but scare up a potential backer--preferably one of those rich, movie-mad Americans. In illustrating the plight of the fictional filmmakers, Wenders strikes a blow on behalf of the homeless and disenfranchised everywhere; it is also an a clef recreation of the difficulties faced by the director during production of his first American film Hammett (also made under the auspices of Coppola).~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Starring:
Allen Garfield, Geoffrey Carey
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The State of Things

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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 57 minutes
Starring Allen Garfield, Geoffrey Carey, Camila Mora-Scheihing, Isabelle Weingarten, Alexandra Auder
Director Wim Wenders
Genres Drama
Studio AXIOM FILMS INTERNATIONAL LTD
Rental release 25 May 2009
Main languages German
Subtitles English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Original title Der Stand der Dinge

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By tallmanbaby TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 26 July 2009
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I saw this film at university in the eighties, and went out the following night to watch it again. I've been looking out for it on DVD for years now.

It is not a film where much happens, survivors trek across a post apocalyptic landscape, the film camera runs out of film and the cast and crew do nothing much, the director goes to Los Angeles to try and get the money to finish the film.

But it is not a bleak film, the characters are irritating but engaging and likable, they say interesting things, the film muses on the nature of stories and film-making. Particularly on the big screen, this is a really really beautiful black and white film, images are wonderfully composed. The camera lingers. Every shot takes twice as long as it might, but it is about looking and thinking.

This is a film with a tremendous sense of place, remarkable locations that dominate the passive characters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Spider King on 16 Aug 2013
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A good and oddly haunting film about a group of film makers stranded in Portugal when a their Producers disappears back to LA. Patrick Bauchau has an amazing presence and plays the role of the director well. This film is refreshing but not for everyone.
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