Fassbinder’s two-part TV sci-fi anticipates both Blade Runner and The Matrix.

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This two-part sci-fi series for WDR Television is a real revelation – stylistically dazzling, disquieting and hugely enjoyable.

Based on the novel Simulacron 3 by Daniel F Galouye, it follows a research scientist’s investigation into the mysterious death of his predecessor at the Institute for Cybernetics and Futurology.

Combining action-packed adventure with philosophical speculation, Fassbinder’s one foray into science fiction anticipates Blade Runner and The Matrix, foreshadowing anxieties around artificial intelligence and virtual reality; it’s also the ultimate Fassbinderian nightmare about a world full of people living false lives.

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