The State of Things

(Der Stand der Dinge)

4K Digital Restoration!


Patrick Bauchau, Allen Goorwitz, Viva, Samuel Fuller,

Stuck while his Hollywood film Hammett was on hiatus, Wenderscreated this self-reflective film-within-a-film about, of course, a filmmaker stuck on a Hollywood project. The film moves from the rocky Portuguese coast, where crew members wait out some very long days and nights as their science-fiction movie grinds to a halt, to Hollywood, where the film’s director tries to find funding to continue. “The State of Things is a film about filmmaking,” Wenders explains; Complete with cameos from Samuel Fuller, Roger Corman, Robert Kramer, and the Warhol superstar Viva, it won Best Film at the 1982 Venice Film Festival.

Jason Sanders
  • Robert Kramer
  • Wim Wenders
  • Henri Alekan
  • Fred Murphy
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 4K DCP
  • 121 mins
  • Janus Films/Criterion Collection