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The State of Things 15 rating

A European director travels to Hollywood in order to track down his missing producer in Wim Wenders’ gorgeous ode to filmmaking.

Drama 1982 122 mins

Director: Wim Wenders


Acclaimed director Wim Wenders’ most corrosive statement on the art of filmmaking, this is a powerful journey into the underbelly of the American film industry. When his producer disappears, director Friedrich travels to Hollywood to find him. What he uncovers is a shady world where criminals and moguls barely differ and the art of filmmaking is another money-making enterprise.

Featuring maverick American directors Sam Fuller and Roger Corman, and shot during a hiatus on the troubled shoot of Wim Wenders’ homage to Dashiel Hammett, The State of Things continues the director’s exploration of American culture. The result is both visually arresting and one of the best films about filmmaking ever made.