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Kings of the Road

(Im Lauf der Zeit)
West Germany 1976. Dir: Wim Wenders. 175 min. DCP

NEW RESTORATION! ► Many consider this meditative, mesmerizingly beautiful road movie to be Wim Wenders’s supreme achievement! Unanimous winner of the International Critics Prize at Cannes in 1976, it’s also a virtual compendium of the themes and motifs that characterize the director’s distinctive cinema. A despondent man (Hanns Zischler) and an itinerant movie-projector repairman (Rüdiger Vogler) journey through the backwaters of West Germany’s border with the East, servicing various run-down movie theatres. The film’s German title translates literally as “In the Course of Time.” The stunning black-and-white ’Scope cinematography, by Robbie Müller, was inspired by the Depression-era photographs of Walker Evans. “King of the Road Movies ... One of the great films about men, about travelling, about cinema and the effect of America in ‘colonising’ the European subconscious” (Geoff Andrew, Time Out). “If Wenders never made another movie, Kings of the Road would stake his claim as a great director” (J. Hoberman, Village Voice).

 

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