Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Saturday 11/19: World on a Wire @ Cinematheque

Kurt Raab and Karl-Heinz Vosgerau in Fassbinder's World on a Wire
World on a Wire, Rainer Werner Fassbinder's only sci-fi film — originally made in 1973 for television but subsequently "lost" — has finally been restored from the original 16mm negative and a digital transfer, and the resulting 35mm print will be screened here in Madison this weekend thanks to the UW Cinematheque.  Some reviews argue that World on a Wire may be one of the best films made by Fassbinder.  If you aren't a huge fan of New German Cinema, don't fret: "this 'art film' is compulsively watchable" (Michael Sicinski).  From Janus Films:
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.
This is not to be missed.

Saturday, November 19. 4070 Vilas Hall. 821 University Avenue. 7pm. Free.

Excellent film trailer after the jump...


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