Capital Celluloid 2019 - Day 340: Fri Dec 6

World on A Wire (Fassbinder, 1973): Close-Up Cinema, 7pm

This film is showing as part of the Rainer Werner Fassbinder season at Close-Up Cinema. You can find the full details here.

Chicago Reader review:
Though it sometimes seems repetitive or predictable, Rainer Werner Fassbinder's 205-minute exploitation of SF and hard-boiled-detective cliches (1973) is so affecting it could induce a sense of existential crisis. It's based on a novel by Daniel Galouye, and its tale of an artificial-intelligence expert (Klaus Lowitsch) investigating the death of a colleague with whom he developed some cutting-edge technology makes the subsequent Blade Runner seem redundant. The cinematography (by Michael Ballhaus), production design, sound effects, and music are eerie, convincing, yet campy; their combination demonstrates a control of tone that's nothing short of miraculous. Numerous minor characters' perspectives swirl in and out of a consciousness attributed, almost by default, to the main character who must deal with the deepest, darkest questions about the nature of identity and existence.
Lisa Alspector

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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