The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick

The goalkeeper Josef Bloch (Arthur Brauss) is sent off after committing a foul during an away game. This causes him to completely lose his bearings. He wanders aimlessly through the unfamiliar town, spends the night with the box-office attendant of a movie theater (Erika Pluhar), and strangles her the next morning. But instead of turning himself in or fleeing, Bloch then goes to his ex-girlfriend’s (Kai Fischer) place in the country and passively waits there for the police to come and arrest 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 cutter 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, he set forth a collaboration that would weld this team together for years.

“His technique of using images to keep the plot intact makes THE GOALIE’S ANXIETY AT THE PENALTY KICK a milestone in young German cinema.”—Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.


West Germany/Austria 1971
Length: 100 min, 2749 m
Format: 35mm color, 1:1,37; Stereo
Original Language: German

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Festivals & Awards

1972 • Venice Film Festival: FIPRESCI-Prize

Cast and crew

Production: Produktion 1 im Filmverlag der Autoren (München), Österreichische Telefilm AG (Wien) Director: Wim Wenders Producer: Thomas Schamoni, Peter Genée, Wim Wenders Screenplay: Wim Wenders, based on the novel of the same title from Peter Handke Director of Photography: Robby Müller Editor: Peter Przygodda Sound: Rainer Lorenz, Martin Müller Cast: Arthur Brauss, Kai Fischer, Erika Pluhar, Libgart Schwarz, Rüdiger Vogler, Marie Bardischewski, Michael Toost,Bert Fortell, Edda Köchl, Mario Kranz, Ernst Meister, Rosl Dorena, Rudi Schippel

Dialogues: Wim Wenders, Peter Handke Script: Ulli Stenzel Assistant Camera: Martin Schäfer Music: Jügen Knieper Songs: Roy Orbison, The Tokens, The Troggs, Them, Parrish & Gurvitz, Lovegrove feat. Grant Stevens, Lovegrove, Lovegrove feat. Pål Flåta, Lovegrove feat. Gemma Ray, Lovegrove feat. Grant Stevens Technician: Honorat Stangl, Hans Dreher, Max Panitz, Volker von der Heydt Production Manager: Eberhard Maier Set Design: Rudolf Schneider Manns-Au, Burghard Schlicht Make-up: Sybille Danzer Still Photographer: Andrej Reiser Production Manager: Peter Genée Production Assistant: Martin Hennig Office: Veronika Schmidt Assistant Director: Veith von Fürstenberg, Klaus Bädekerl In Cooperation with: Österreichische Telefilm Fernsehproduktion AG (Vienna) Primary Distribution: Filmverlag der Autoren GmbH & Co. KG (Munich) Shooting: 19.08.1971 – 28.10.1971 in Vienna, Jennersdorf near Graz and in the Burgenland region

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DVD and Blu-ray (DE) – Restored version
Sound: German (Mono Dolby Digital)
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1 (4:3)


DVD (IT) – Restored version
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Sound: German (Mono Dolby Digital)
Subtitle: Italian (Mono Dolby Digital)
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1 (4:3)

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