Wenders: Until the End of the World


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Film Info
English Title:Wim Wenders: Until the End of the World
Wim Wenders Retrospective
Tags:Road Movie
Release Year:1991
Runtime:295 min
Director:Wim Wenders
Producer:Ulrich Felsberg
Jonathan T. Taplin
Cinematographer:Robby Müller
Editor:Peter Przygodda
Principal Cast:Solveig Dommartin
William Hurt
Max von Sydow
Jeanne Moreau
Sam Neill
Screenwriter:Michael Almereyda
Peter Carey
Solveig Dommartin (Story)
Wim Wenders (Story)


Director's Cut

In order to enable his blind wife (Jeanne Moreau) to see, Dr. Farber (Max von Sydow) invents a process that makes it possible to transmit the images recorded in the brains of sighted people directly into the visual systems of blind people. Farber’s son Sam (William Hurt) sets out on a journey around the world in order to “see” and record the various stations of his mother’s life for her. The Frenchwoman Claire (Solveig Dommartin) falls in love with him and sets out in pursuit of him. She, in turn, is followed by the author Eugene (Sam Neill), who is recording her adventure.

Until the End of the World is “the ultimate road movie,” a journey around the globe, a modern-day odyssey-and it certainly bears similarities to Homer’s saga. However, the aim of this journey is the spiritual reconciliation between an obsessed father and his lost son, and, in Until the End of the World, Penelope decides to set out in pursuit of Odysseus. The film was shot in 1990 and takes place in the near future, around the turn of the millennium. What most interests Wenders here is how humanity learns to deal with images—or becomes their victim. Eugene notes: “In the beginning was the word. What would happen if only the image remained in the end!?” Frustrated with the Reader’s Digest version of his film, which was forced upon him by his distributors, Wenders created a director’s cut two years after its release: at a length of almost five hours, it lives up to his intentions and to the epic nature of the story.

"Even more miraculous than the leaner original." - The Guardian

"By turns maddening, precious, erotic, zany, and maudlin. This truest World allows Wenders's flights of fancy room to breathe." - The Village Voice


Wim Wenders is cinema’s preeminent poet of the open road, soulfully following the journeys of people as they search for themselves. During his over-forty-year career, Wenders has directed films in his native Germany and around the globe, making dramas both intense and whimsical, mysteries, fantasies, and documentaries. With this abbreviated retrospective of seven of his films—from early works of the New German Cinema (Alice in the Cities, Kings of the Road) to one of the art-house 1980s blockbuster that made him a household name (Paris, Texas) to the inquisitive nonfiction look at world culture (Buena Vista Social Club)—audiences can rediscover Wenders’s vast cinematic world.