The Goalkeeper's fear of the penalty = Die Angst des Tormanns beim Elfmeter

Germany (West), 1971

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A professional goalkeeper, for no apparent reason, allows the opposing team to score an easy goal. A few days later he committs an equally motiveless murder. The film follows the goalkeeper’s retreat to a small village on the Austrian border where he spends his time following television accounts of the police search for the murderer. Wim Wenders’ early film is a claustrophobic study of a man alienated from a sterile society to the point where he can only express his loneliness and fear through acts of random irrationality. An early film of the German New Wave of the seventies, “The Goalkeeper’s Fear of the Penalty” uses the thriller genre to explore contemporary questions of social disintegration.

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Wim Wenders


Peter Genee

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Osterreichische Telefilm AG



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