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Kings of the Road

Kings of the Road

Director: Wim Wenders

Country:  Germany

Year of Production:  1976

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Synopsis

The final part of Wim Wenders' loose trilogy of road movies (following on from Alice in the Cities and Wrong Move), KINGS OF THE ROAD (aka IN THE COURSE OF TIME) has been hailed as one of the best films of the 1970s and remains Wenders' most remarkable portrait of his own country.

After driving his car at high speed off a road and into a river, losing all his worldly possessions, Robert Lander (Hanns Zischler) hitches a ride with Bruno Winter (Rüdiger Vogler), who travels across Germany's hinterland repairing projectors in run-down cinemas. Along the way, the two men meet people whose lives are as at odds with the modern world as their own. In attempting to reconcile their past, the two men find themselves increasingly at odds with each other.

KINGS OF THE ROAD (aka IN THE COURSE OF TIME) is a meditation on the passing of the age of great cinema, an acute study of life in post-war Germany and to this day remains one of Wim Wenders' most accomplished films.

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Cast

Starring: 

Rüdiger Vogler, Hanns Zischler

Credits

Director: Wim Wenders

Writer(s): 

Wim Wenders

Producers: 

Wim Wenders

Editor:  Peter Przygodda

Cinematographer:  Robby Müller, Martin Sch

Music: 

Axel Linst

Production Details

Country:  Germany

Year of Production:  1976

Language:  German

Subtitles: 

  • English

Duration:  169 minutes

Shooting gauge:  35mm

Original aspect ratio:  1.66:1

Certificate: 

Genre(s): 

  • Drama

DVD Release Date:  28th July 2008

Also available on Blu-Ray:  24th September 2018

Reviews

TIME OUT

"marvelous... one of the great films about men... and about the effect of America in 'colonising' the European subconscious"

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CHICAGO READER

"the first masterpiece of New German Cinema... engrossing"

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THE GUARDIAN

"excellent"

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THE TIMES

"Every turn in the road brings something unforeseen and intriguing"

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THE TIMES

SIGHT AND SOUND

"exhilarating"

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NEW YORK TIMES

"fascinating... compelling and witty"

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