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KINGS OF THE ROAD
1976


Director:
Wim Wenders


Screenplay:
Wim Wenders

Director of Photography:
Robby Müller

Editor
:
Peter Przygodda

Music:
Improved Sound Limited
Axel Linstädt

Production Design:
Heidi Lüdi

Cast:
Rüdiger Vogler
Hanns Zischler
Lisa Kreuzer
Rudolf Schündler
Marquard Bohm
Dieter Traier
Franziska Stömmer
Peter Kaiser
Patrick Kreuzer

Festivals/Awards:
1976 FIPRESCI Prize in Cannes
1976 Golden Hugo
in Chicago

Producer:
Wim Wenders

Production:
Wim Wenders Produktion

Length:
175min.

Format:
16 & 35mm
B&W

Original Title:
Im Lauf der Zeit
(In the course of Time)

Original Language:
German

 

Kings of the Road, focuses on the relationship that develops between two men - movie projector repairman Bruno and suicidal Robert - as they travel in a truck on the dusty roads along the border between East and West Germany. Lonely and introspective, they both long for the company of women. By the end of their journey, they derive comfort from the fact that "in the course of time" (the film's German title) their lives have taken on some shape and some significance.

"KINGS OF THE ROAD is a quiet, almost lyrical film that disdains psychological motivation, suspense and dramatic tension. In that sense, it reflects Wenders's admiration for the films of Yasujiro Ozu". (Baseline's Encyclopedia of Film)

In its intricate allusions and resonant implications, it evokes Wenders's favorite themes: the difficulties of communication, the Americanization of German life ("The Yanks have colonized our subconscious," one of the characters says) and the fate of German cinema, which is done by showing the number of movie theaters that have either closed down or resorted to showing X-rated films.

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Listen to remastered music from the soundtrack by Improved Sound Limited and Axel Linstädt, as featured on their CD "Road Trax".

mp3  Nine Feet over the Tarmac (instr.) 
mp3  Suicide Road
mp3  Silver Circles
mp3  Lisa's Accelerando
mp3  Nine Feet over the Tarmac (voc.)

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