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UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD

Germany / France / Australia, 1991 (MIFF 1992)

Director: Wim Wenders

In the words of Wim Wenders, Until the End of the World is "the ultimate road movie". On a somewhat epic scale, it builds upon many of the themes that have preoccupied Wenders throughout his remarkable career.

Filmed in fifteen cities in eight countries and four continents, it centres on a romantic search and a technological mystery. It is 1999 and Claire (Solveig Dommartin) and Sam (William Hurt) play a cat-and-mouse game across the globe. Claire suspects that Sam, an elusive, ambiguous figure who is possibly an industrial spy, has stolen something she had. Their furtive chase ends in the Australian out­back. Here, in a desolate, ancient landscape, a scientist (Max von Sydow), is about to realize his life-long dream; to give sight to his blind wife (Jeanne Moreau).

Wenders first envisaged the project during a visit to Australia in 1977, when he was struck by the landscape and the impending dangers of nuclear catastrophe. As the proj'ect evolved, so did its focus. For Wenders, it seems, the danger of nuclear disaster has been displaced by the development of image-making technol­ogy. The ability to infiltrate a person's mind, to control their interior images and dreams, became for Wenders an ominous metaphor for the visual culture of our times.

Wenders has always paid great attention to the soundtracks of his films, and this one is certainly no exception. Entirely commissioned by the filmmaker, its vast array of performers and styles is sure to carry the film well into the next century...even if by then we will be watching movies through remote control.

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THE GOALKEEPER'S FEAR OF THE PENALTY KICK

Joseph Bioch is the goal-keeper, and in the film's opening sequence he fails to save a penalty kick. He departs suddenly from the ground and we follow his actions through a series of short scenes. He ... More »

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WRONG MOVEMENT

Young Wilhelm Meister is on the way: from Bonn, past a castle on the Rhine, through a suburb of Frankfurt and on to the great mountain, the Zugspitze. He is escaping from boredom and dullness, and he ... More »

WRONG MOVEMENT

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WINGS OF DESIRE

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