The State of Things
(Der Stand der Dinge)
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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.