World on a Wire

Dir. R.W. Fassbinder (1974). Predicated on the notion of a computer-generated reality populated by "identity units" who believe themselves human, this two-part tele-film was directed by the long-gone wunderkind at the height of his powers. The improbably romantic ending is pure 21st Century—who would have imagined Fassbinder an avatar of Avatar?
Wed., Jan. 19, 8 p.m., 2011

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