There Is No 13

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There Is No 13
Directed by William Sachs
Produced by Robert Boggs
William Sachs
Written by William Sachs
Starring Mark Damon
Music by Riz Ortolani
Cinematography Ralf D. Bode
Edited by George T. Norris
Release date
  • June 1974 (1974-06)
Running time
91 minutes
Country United States
Language English

There Is No 13 is a 1974 American surrealist drama film directed by William Sachs. It was entered into the 24th Berlin International Film Festival.[1]


During the Vietnam War, a soldier remembers the 12 women he has been with. But, there is no 13.[2] The story is told in a very surrealist, often comedic, way, switching genres and styles, mixing absurdist and realist elements.


When the film screened at Berlin International Film Festival, it polarized the audiences due to it being American, dealing with the Vietnam war. During the screening, there were protests, with some people shouting and someone turning the light in the auditorium on and off a few times. A judge told Sachs that the film should have won a Golden Bear award "because it was the only unusual film" at the festival, and that it didn't only because the jury was worried about the public reaction to the winning film being so controversial.[3]



Remarkable fantasy film [that] gives indications of a new direction in film storytelling, is influenced in his structure by the synthesis of reality and imagination of Fellini, Resnais and Buñuel. Yet this style has been further developed. It is a deeply touching film, (...) surprisingly experienced as a striking and stirring film about the human condition. The distantiation of Brecht is applied in a masterful manner.

— Piet Ruivenkamp, member of Jury at Berlin Film Festival 1974[4]

I was doing post production on my first film in Rome. There were three cutting rooms in a row. I was in the middle one. Antonioni was on one side and Fellini on the other. I thought if I could touch both walls at the same time I would be injected with genius. Too bad my arms were too short...

— William Sachs, about editing There Is No 13[5]

Probably Sachs’ best film, certainly his most profound.

— Sam Weisberg, article about Sachs' films.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ " Awards for There Is No 13". Retrieved July 4, 2010. 
  2. ^ " - site about "There Is No 13"". Retrieved May 19, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b " – Article about Sachs' Life and works.". Retrieved May 18, 2016. 
  4. ^ " Resume of William Sachs (PDF)" (PDF). Retrieved May 19, 2016. .
  5. ^ "Stage 32: William Sachs' page.". Retrieved May 18, 2016. .

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