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by Wim Wenders


Near the Eastern borders with West Germany, Bruno, a solitary, permanent citizen of the road and film projection equipment repairman, witnesses the sad sight of a VW beetle car storming straight into the River Elbe. After a while, however, the depressed driver, Robert, instinctively accepts an offer for a lift in Bruno's repair van, and just like that, an impromptu relationship begins. Now, against the backdrop of the German countryside, the new companions find themselves sharing the same need for freedom, visiting dilapidated movie theatres for maintenance, and getting to know each other one small town after another. But, no one knows, or cares, how long is the road that stretches out ahead of them. After all, the only thing that matters is one's commitment to a precious ideal. Have the kings of the road found life's true meaning?

international title: Kings of the Road
original title: Im Lauf der Zeit
country: Germany
year: 1976
genre: fiction
directed by: Wim Wenders
film run: 175'
screenplay: Wim Wenders
cast: Rüdiger Vogler, Hanns Zischler, Lisa Kreuzer
cinematography by: Robby Müller
film editing: Peter Przygodda
producer: Wim Wenders
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