A Trick of the Light

A Trick of the Light

Director: Wim Wenders

Country:  Germany

Year of Production:  1996

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The birth of German cinema comes to life in one of WIM WENDERS' most charming and playful films. Working with a group of film students, the acclaimed director (Kings of the Road, Wings of Desire) celebrates the century of cinema by reappraising the importance of the Skladanowsky Brothers, one of the pioneers of early cinema.

Fictional recreations of the brothers' development of the 'bioskop', a primitive version of the film projector, are framed by an interview with Max Skladanowsky's surviving daughter, Lucie, whose reminiscences bring a forgotten world back to life.

Ultimately, A TRICK OF THE LIGHT is a meditation on the nature of film and its ability to capture the world around us, made by a director acutely aware of the medium's limitations within a rapidly changing world.

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Udo Kier, Nadine Büttner, Christoph Merg, Otto Kuhnle, Lucie Hürtgen-Skladanowsky


Director: Wim Wenders


Wim Wenders and students of the HFF, Munich


Wim Wenders, Veit Helmer, Wolfgang Längsfeld

Production Details

Country:  Germany

Year of Production:  1996

Language:  German


  • English

Duration:  77 minutes

Shooting gauge:  35mm

Original aspect ratio:  1.33:1



  • Documentary

DVD Release Date:  27th October 2008

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