Between Matrix and Avatar , Fassbinder's masterpiece of anticipation!
After the sudden death of Professor Vollmer at the Institute for Research in Cybernetics and Futurology, Doctor Fred Stiller is appointed to replace him at the head of the Simulacron project: a virtual reality program, simulator of social, political and economic events in a world made up of 9,700 identity units. During a party organized by the director of the institute, Stiller witnesses the disappearance of Günther Lause, the head of security. But when he recounts this event, no one understands who he is talking about...
A two-part anticipatory thriller adapted from Daniel F. Galouye's novel Simulacron 3, Le Monde sur le fil describes a near future beset by anxiety and paranoia. Precursor of key films like Matrix or Existenz, Rainer Werner Fassbinder brilliantly builds a universe made of pretense and mental journeys. A metaphysical fable with dizzying aesthetic density and breathtaking staging, Le Monde sur le fil is a priceless masterpiece as striking as Berlin Alexanderplatz.
THE WORLD ON A WIRE
(1973 – Colors – 205 mins)
. PICTURE GALLERY
. A LOOK AHEAD ON THE PRESENT (2010 - Colors and B&W - 49 mn)
An exceptional documentary in which Juliane LORENZ, producer of the restoration of WORLD ON THE WIRE and president of the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation, discusses, among other things, the restoration process alongside the famous director of photography Michael Ballhaus ( Gangs of New York ), on writing the screenplay with Fritz Müller-Scherz and on the topic of virtual reality with a science fiction specialist.
INCLUDED AN EXCLUSIVE BOOKLET (36 pages)
THE WORLD ON A WIRE : Feedback on the Fassbinder matrix.
* in HD on the Blu-ray version
Released October 6, 2010