Kings of the Road
|Kings of the Road|
|Directed by||Wim Wenders|
|Written by||Wim Wenders|
|Edited by||Peter Przygodda|
|Distributed by||Axiom Films (UK and Ireland)|
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.
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.
- Rüdiger Vogler – Bruno Winter
- Hanns Zischler – Robert Lander
- Lisa Kreuzer – Pauline, cashier
- Rudolf Schündler – Robert's Father
- Marquard Bohm – Man Who Lost His Wife
- Hans Dieter Trayer – Paul, garage owner (as Dieter Traier)
- Franziska Stömmer – Cinema owner
- Patric Kreuzer – Little boy
- Wim Wenders – Spectator at Pauline's Theater
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."
- FIPRESCI Prize at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival (Winner)
- Palme d'Or at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival (Nominated)
- Kings of the Road at the Internet Movie Database
- Official website
- Film analysis : Au fil du temps / Im Lauf der Zeit (1976) (in french).
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