The Goalie's Anxiety At The Penalty Kick

1971, Movie, NR, 101 mins

Haunting. Wim Wenders's second feature film and his first collaboration with the Austrian novelist-poet-playwright Peter Handke is an adaptation of Handke's short novel about a soccer goalie driven to murder.

From the start of Wenders's film, the personality of the goalie, Josef Bloch (Arthur Brauss), is evident. While the game's action take place at one end of the field, Bloch waits at his net at the opposite end. As play nears, he takes little notice, walks in front of his net, and stands completely still as the ball is kicked past him. Bloch is a character who considers it pointless to try to evade or outwit the course of events. He leaves the team (whose pop...

Released: 1971 Rated: NR Length: 101 mins

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