Bis ans Ende der Welt / Until the End of the World (1991) 3 x DVD9
The year is 1999, and the world is on the brink of a nuclear confrontation. Claire Tourneur (Solveig Dommartin), a disenchanted young bohemian, is involved in a lackluster relationship with novelist Eugene Fitzpatrick (Sam Neill). Driving across Europe on her way home from a decadent party, she has a car accident that involves her with two bank robbers, Chico and Raymond (Chick Ortega and Eddy Mitchell). Claire ends up agreeing to transport their heist to Paris in exchange for a cut of the proceeds. Then she meets Sam Farber (William Hurt), an enigmatic traveler who steals some of the loot from her car before going on his mysterious way. Enraged and intrigued, Claire sets off to track him down. Her quest takes her around the world in a cosmopolitan blur of languages, cultures and high-tech computer images, ending in the Australian outback, where Sam's father (Max von Sydow) has a laboratory.

Sam, it develops, has been using a special camera to collect images from his global trek. His father is working on a process that will enable Sam's mother (Jeanne Moreau) to "see" these images, even though she is blind. Convinced by an absence of radio signals that a nuclear holocaust has taken place, everyone devotes themselves to helping with Mr. Farber's experiments. Their work bears fruit; the machine not only gives sight to the blind but also allows users to view their dreams on screen. These beautiful images, however, prove dangerously addictive.

3 x DVD9 | PAL 16:9 | 01:37:00 + 01:31:29 + 01:30:21
6.92 Gb + 6.54 Gb + 7.12 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English, Deutsch (Dolby AC3, 6 ch)
Subtitles: Deutsch, Russian
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi

Director: Wim Wenders
Actors: William Hurt, Solveig Dommartin, Max von Sydow, Sam Neill, Ernie Dingo, Jeanne Moreau

Music: U2, Talking Heads, Lou Reed, T-Bone Burnett, Peter Gabriel, Can, Elvis Costello, Crime and the City Solution, Robbie Robertson and Blue Nile, Patti Smith and Fred Smith, R.E.M., Depeche Mode, Daniel Lanois, Neneh Cherry, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Jane Siberry with K.D. Lang

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