Kings of the Road

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Kings of the Road
Kings of the road.jpg
Directed by Wim Wenders
Written by Wim Wenders
Starring Rüdiger Vogler
Hanns Zischler
Cinematography Robby Müller
Edited by Peter Przygodda
Distributed by Axiom Films (UK and Ireland)
Release dates
Running time
175 minutes[1]
Country West Germany
Language German

Kings of the Road (German: Im Lauf der Zeit) is a 1976 German road movie directed by Wim Wenders. It was the third part of Wenders' "Road Movie Trilogy" which included Alice in the Cities (1974) and The Wrong Move (1975). It was the unanimous winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival.[2]


The film is about a projection-equipment repair mechanic named Bruno Winter (Rüdiger Vogler) and a depressed hitchhiker Robert Lander (Hanns Zischler) who has just been through a break-up with his wife and a half-hearted suicide attempt. They travel along the Western side of the East-German border in a repair truck, visiting worn-out movie theaters. The movie contains many long shots without dialogue, including an outdoor defecation scene, and it was filmed in black and white by long-time Wenders collaborator Robby Müller.[1][3]




Film Critic Derek Malcolm ranked Kings of the Road 89 on his list of his 100 favourite movies. Malcolm says that Wenders "achieves a palpable sense of time, place and atmosphere, and of how everybody is affected by their tiny spot in history."[3]

Film festival[edit]

  • FIPRESCI Prize at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival (Winner)[2]
  • Palme d'Or at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival (Nominated)[1]


  1. ^ a b c Kings of the Road at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ a b "Festival de Cannes: Kings of the Road". Retrieved 2009-05-08. 
  3. ^ a b Malcolm, Derek (26 October 2000). "Wim Wenders: Kings of the Road". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 

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