WORLD ON A WIRE
(WELT AM DRAHT)
dir. Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1973.
205 mins. Germany.
In German with English subtitles.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18th – 7:30 PM & 10 PM
ONE NIGHT ONLY w/introduction by Dennis Roberts
PART I – 7:30 PM (100 min.)
PART II – 10 PM (105 min.)
WORLD ON A WIRE is a 1973 science fiction television serial, starring Klaus Löwitsch and directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Shot in 16mm, it was made for German television and originally aired in 1973, as a two-part miniseries. It was based on the novel SIMULACRON-3 by Daniel F. Galouye. An adaptation of the Fassbinder version was presented as the play WORLD OF WIRES, directed by Jay Scheib, in 2012. Its focus is not on action, but on sophistic and philosophic aspects of the human mind, simulation, and the role of scientific research. A theatrical remake entitled THE THIRTEENTH FLOOR featuring Vincent D’Onofrio was released in 1999.
DENNIS ROBERTS is the Director of Creative Technology at The Bosco, a company he helped found. He’s also a futurist, hobbyist game designer, and founder of the New York Experiential Meetup. He’s working on his first book, TRIALS OF TOMORROW, a collection of speculative fiction. In a past life, he directed music videos, some of which you can find on this site, www.dennisroberts.com.
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