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Wim Wenders's lost sci-fi classic comes to IFC Center

Joshua Rothkopf

Still riding high on the international success of 1987's Wings of Desire (the kind of movie that can turn a teenager onto foreign cinema for a lifetime), German director Wim Wenders spent all of his capital on Until the End of the World, a 1991 sci-fi epic that was severely cut and rushed into theaters. If you remember the film at all, it's probably for its killer soundtrack, featuring original music by Nick Cave, Elvis Costello and Talking Heads. Now, as part of a massive Wim Wenders retro mounted by the Janus label, Until has been restored to its original four hours and 40 minutes. One of the holy grails of ’90s art-house cinema, it stars William Hurt as a man circling the planet with a machine that lets his blind, earthbound mother see what he does. Sound frighteningly arty? Don’t worry: Wenders will be on hand at a screening at IFC Center on Sunday 30 at 1:15pm to offer some clues. It plays the following week as well. Get your tickets here.


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