World on a Wire (1973)

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Cybernetics engineer Fred Stiller uncovers a massive corporate conspiracy involving a virtual reality computer project.

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. -- (C) Janus

Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 100% / Audience 86%

Rated Unrated,  3 hr 5 mins

Crime • Drama • Science Fiction • Thriller
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Klaus Löwitsch  •  Barbara Valentin  •  Karl-Heinz Vosgerau  •  Wolfgang Schenck

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