From the very beginning, you're taken into this film's intertwining laces as you soar high above the 'unknown land' of Claire's(Solveig Dommartin) dream. Her grace and and melancholious drift through a world scared to death of being annihilated is fascinating beyond explanation. She seems to hardly care about the events that surround her, until she meets 'Trevor MacPhee.' Most seem to dislike the patchy references towards the manhunt, but I think it is not only fitting but perfect in giving the viewer only as much information as Claire or Gene (Sam Neill) receives. The story line seems to touch the very depths of my human understanding in a way no other film has done for me. 'The soul singing to the only God it knows' is a fantastic set up for the second half of the picture. The ability to view one's dreams, the untold, locked away secrets of the soul never ceases to both enrapture and terrify me. An all-around unbelievable piece of work set to music that seems to have been written solely for the film.
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Until the End of the World (1991)
Bis ans Ende der Welt is a movie starring William Hurt, Solveig Dommartin, and Pietro Falcone. In 1999, Claire's life is forever changed after she survives a car crash. She rescues Sam and starts traveling around the world with him....
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Set in 1999, a woman (Dommartin) has a car accident with some bank robbers, who enlist her help to take the bank money to a drop in Paris. On the way she runs into another fugitive from the law (Hurt), an American who is being chased by the CIA. The charges are false, he claims. They want to confiscate a device his father invented which allows anyone to record their dreams and vision. On the run from both the bank robbers and the CIA, the couple span the globe, ending up in Australia at his father's (von Sydow) research facility, where they hope to play back the recordings Hurt captured for his blind mother. Set in the futuristic year of 1999, a subplot about a damaged Indian nuclear satellite crashing and causing the end of civilization is a puzzling addition to the film.
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The most fantastic movie I have ever seenReviewed byBroken_LadderVote: 7/10
The first 2 times I saw this film (on video), I fell asleep before the end. I thought the beginning was great, though, so I kept at it. When I finally saw the whole thing, I still thought it was pretty good, although rather disjointed. On the whole, I would agree with many other Imdb user comments (too long, incoherent, two movies in one, excellent soundtrack, etc.) That was before I saw the _whole_ movie.
I had been watching the 158-minute American version and the 179-minute European version (almost indistinguishable) I had heard about the 280-minute "Trilogy" version 4 or 5 years ago when it was screened at the American Cinemateque (sp?) and when I read that it was to be screened again Jan 14 at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, I figured that a 5-hour (with 2 10-min. intermissions) version would be bloated and slow. I couldn't have been more wrong!
"Die Trilogie" version of "Bis ans Ende der Welt" (prepared for German released w/ no subtitles) was one of the best movies ever! The extra footage gave more room to the story, the music, and ultimately made for a much more coherent movie. The relationship between Claire and Eugene is better explained, among other things. The Indian satelite is not ignored, like in the "Reader's Digest Version" (Wim Wenders' term). Songs heard for 10 seconds originally are now presented in their full glory, including a previously deleted version of Elvis Costello's "Days" performed by Solveig Dommartin, Chick Ortega, Ernie Dingo, Charlie McMahon, and David Gulpilil.
According to the director, this version will be released on DVD in Europe in 2001, and possibly in the USA before 2002. I hope everyone can have a chance to see the complete, non-mutilated version of this wonderful movie!
Excepting Wings of Desire, this arty epic apocalyptic sci-fi/chase parable may be Wim Wenders' best work. The film features William Hurt visiting at least nine different countries, gathering images on a camera that records the electro-chemical act of seeing. He is pursued by a bounty hunter, several governments, a would-be lover and HER would-be lovers. Eventually the film ceases to be about a physical chase and focuses on man's pursuit of his dreams and the inner workings of his mind.
First, the weak point. This film is seemingly interminable. We've come to expect 2:45 hr movies to spice things up with gunplay or a sinking ship, and UTEOTW lacks such devices. Just as the characters reach Australia, the viewer feels the film is winding down. Wrong! There's another whole movie, just about! Nevertheless, to those who look past the superficial, and aren't plagued by the notoriously short American attention span, the film is a goldmine. Several characters are richly developed, and the many foreign locales help to retain the viewer's interest. The film's brightest star, however, is the soundtrack. So often, soundtracks nowadays are songs "from (the credits) and inspired by the motion picture," whatever that means. In this movie, the songs are hip, progressive and PERFECTLY integrated into the picture. In fact, I actually saw the film only after being really impressed by the cd. The musical talents include U2, REM, kd lang, Lou Reed, Depeche Mode and Peter Gabriel. The REM tune and others are unavailable in general release, and Gabriel's Blood of Eden is markedly different from that song on his Us album.
The thematic material regarding vision is not new (check out Oedipus Rex, for example) but the technological spin is unique. By that same token, Wender's '91 depiction of '99 is not so far off the mark: Satellite automobile navigational systems, sophisticated tracking devices and India as a growing nuclear threat are all presaged in this work. Again, if you are patient, enjoy attention to details and relish psycho-philosophical pursuits mixed into your chase scenes, this film is a winner all the way around, and makes great viewing for any Y2K-themed film festivals!. (also check out Strange Days!)