World on a Wire (TV Mini-Series 1973)

TV Mini-Series   |  Not Rated   |    |  Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi

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Somewhere in the future there is a computer project called Simulacron one of which is able to simulate a full featured reality, when suddenly project leader Henry Vollmer dies. His ... See full summary »




  • Kurt Raab and Karl Heinz Vosgerau in World on a Wire (1973)
  • Kurt Raab in World on a Wire (1973)
  • El Hedi ben Salem and Karl Heinz Vosgerau in World on a Wire (1973)
  • Mascha Rabben in World on a Wire (1973)
  • Klaus Löwitsch in World on a Wire (1973)
  • World on a Wire (1973)

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7 December 2011 | elgaroo
| Classy / Cheesy Early 70's Cyber-Sci-Fi with an Edge!
HIGHLY recommended to fans of classy/cheesy 70's sci-fi, very early "cyberpunk", and vintage German film: the recently re-"discovered" and restored, creepy mind-bender "Welt am Draht" ("World on a Wire") originally shot on 16mm film and presented as a 2-part miniseries on West German television in 1973. while it's obviously quite long, starts out kinda slow, flounders at times in cheesy existentialism, has no special effects to speak of, and has been ripped off so much it almost seems clichéd at this point (the massively inferior 1999's "The Thirteenth Floor" was based on the same book, and similar concepts have cropped up in a variety of stories throughout sci-fi...) it was SO far ahead of its time that it still packs a lot of relevant futuristic cyber-bite, albeit with a VERY sweet, classy retro style. it's very much an "intellectual" James Bond in Alphaville, though with some "2001" flourishes of design and cinematography... maybe not the greatest of masterpieces, but such an influential and unique sci-fi classic, it really should be seen by any fan of the genres or style, especially for the first time in decades!

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