DENNIS SCHWARTZ Movie Reviews

THE WAY THINGS GO (DER LAUF DER DINGE) (director/writer: Peter Fischili and David Weiss; Runtime: 30; MPAA Rating: NR; Icarus Home Video; 1988-Switzerland/Canada-German title-no talking and therefore no subtitles needed)

"A short flick in color about a Rube Goldberg contraption ingeniously brought to life in a warehouse."

Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz

A short flick in color about a Rube Goldberg contraption ingeniously brought to life in a warehouse. The creators are Swiss artists Peter Fischili and David Weiss ("Der rechte Weg "/"Der geringste Widerstand"), who have collaborated on kinetic installations since 1979. The playful artists have built a unique structure that's 100-feet long and made out of common household items--from tea kettles to wooden ramps. It opens with a suspended trash bag descending on a tire and for the next thirty minutes there's a continuous chain-reaction that has such things as fire, water, foam, popping corks and balloons constantly moving forward.

Beautifully filmed in one take. The tongue-in-cheek gimmicky film should delight both the prankster and techie viewer. I took it as an irresistible curio, a refreshing sight for a jaded critic.

REVIEWED ON 5/21/2015       GRADE: B

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