See this film: World on a Wire at the HFA

Rainer Werner Fassbinder, who died in 1979 at the age of 37, made more than 40 films in 10 years, a body of work that continues to impress with its audacity, originality, and skewed beauty. One work that got lost in the shuffle is his sole foray into sci-fi, the recently restored 210-minute TV movie World On A Wire (1972), an adaptation of the Daniel F. Galouye novel Simulacron-3. In a dystopic future that sounds a lot like today, a powerful computer has created a simulated world mistaken by some for the real thing. Full of Fassbinder's trademark angst, absurdity, and weltschmerz, plus a lot of funny clothes, it screens today and tomorrow at the Harvard Film Archive in the Carpenter Center, 24 Quincy St, Cambridge | Saturday, September 10 @ 7 pm | $9; $7 students, seniors | 617.495.4700 or

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