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The Goalie's Anxiety At The Penalty Kick 12 rating

Unavailable for three decades, Wim Wenders’ 1972 classic about an errant footballer who turns to crime; restored and remastered in stunning 4K.

Crime 1971 103 mins

Director: Wim Wenders


Goalkeeper Josef Bloch (Arthur Brauss) is sent off after committing a foul during an away game. Losing his bearings, he wanders aimlessly through the unfamiliar town, spends the night with the box-office attendant of a movie theatre and commits a crime. But instead of turning himself in or fleeing, Bloch goes to his ex-girlfriend’s place in the country and passively waits for the police to catch him.

As Wenders himself has stated, the visual idiom of Hitchcock’s films provided the model for his debut film. He adheres minutely to the thoroughly “cinematic” source, a novella by Peter Handke. With his cameraman Robby Müller and his editor Peter Przygodda - both of whom had already worked with him on his film thesis at the HFF (Munich University of Television and Film) - in The Goalie's Anxiety At The Penalty Kick, Wenders set forth a collaboration that would weld this team together for years. Unavailable on home video in the UK since the BFI/Connoisseur Video's 1991 VHS release, this early Wenders classic returns in a fabulous new 4k restoration.