All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
A place for dreams. A place for heartbreak. A place to pick up the pieces.
A man wanders out of the desert not knowing who he is. His brother finds him, and helps to pull his memory back of the life he led before he walked out on his family and disappeared four years earlier.
"I knew these people. These two people. They were in love with each other. The girl was very young, about 17 or 18, I guess. And the guy was quite a bit older. He was kind of raggedy and wild. And she was very beautiful, you know... And together they turned everything into a kind of adventure. And she liked that. Just an ordinary trip down to the grocery store was full of adventure. They were always laughing at stupid things. He liked to make her laugh, and they didn't much care for anything else because all they wanted to do was be with each other. They were always together...…
"And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them."
Thus, did Moses wander the desert for 40 years. And though he was allowed to see the promised land, he was not able to enter it. His only solace was leading others to it, that they might enter and lead a better life than him.
Wenders and Stanton wiped me out with this one. Hopefully I'll one day flesh out the correlations implied above, but for now, the possibility that Wenders has so masterfully woven analogies to the Torah in…
Watching Wim Wender's visual lullaby Paris, Texas for the first time, I was reminded how incredible it can be to enter a film knowing very little.
I've been aware of Paris, Texas since Primal Scream sampled a line of dialogue on a favourite song of mine, (I'm Coming Down' from '91's Screamadelica) and with its content, i'd only ever noted the film as being the definitive 'road movie'. That is all the information I carried in with me.
By the end credits I knew, felt even, that i'd just seen something very special. I'd been a passenger to Wim's driver for the duration (2 and half hours), clueless to where the film would go next but absolutely in love with…
A man, so defeated by heartbreak, wanders the desert for four years in an attempt to...
...to what? Find the words? Forget? Escape? We all have felt like this before. Something so overwhelmingly difficult presents itself to us and all we want to do is run away. Just leave. Forget everything and everyone and just fucking walk away. I cannot tell you how many times I've wanted to drop my entire life and go live in the woods. I've been on the verge of destroying my computer and TV and bed and shoes and clothes and simply walking out of town into the wilderness, away from the stifling confines of civilization and its concrete jungles. I want a natural jungle.…
The Good: Flat-out stunning cinematography by Robby Müller. All those landscapes and vibrant colors... Wow. This is definitely one of the most gorgeous-looking films ever made. Incredible performances from Harry Dean Stanton, Nastassja Kinski, and Hunter Carson. Haunting slide guitar score by Ry Cooder. Masterful direction by Wim Wenders. Excellent writing by Sam Shepard and L.M. Kit Carson. Perfect pacing. The peep booth scenes. And that monologue... Fuck, it's like a sledgehammer to the heart. Top it off with a bittersweet ending and I'm left in pieces, completely awestruck.
The Bad: Nothing major. Acting is a little iffy at spots during the first half, most notably Aurore Clément's.
The Bottom Line: Heartbreak has never been more beautiful. If you have yet to see this cinematic masterpiece, you're missing out, big time. Paris, Texas is one of those films that will forever be imprinted in your heart and mind. Essential viewing.
The broad empty landscapes of dusky Southern American seem impossible to fill, such is the scope and size of the land. Yet one man has walked for what seems like forever, a solitary figure burning with quiet determination, pervading everything around him. With the remnants of home laying far behind life can only move on when this journey is at an end.
The mystery that lies underneath this man's sad, deep brown eyes is in no hurry to reveal itself. Four years spent wandering figuratively and literally through the wilderness has left it buried deep inside, its burning coals the only thing to sustain him for so long. Any tears have long been dried out…
I liked the second half much more than the first. I think this goes on the "rewatch eventually" list too.
One of the best films of the 80's.
Harry Dean Stanton is great. The scenes (especially the first one) between he and Nastassja Kinski are outstanding. Wender's choice to have Kinski not able to see and then switch it to Stanton, is very effective. A simple but brilliant choice.
I have never heard this before, but I felt watching the end of this film, that Tarantino was influenced by it with the end of Kill Bill 2. Even the cadence of the way Bill speaks in that film.
A film that influenced not only other movies that came after, but even musicians. (U2 The Joshua Tree)
That is impressive.
"Too bad things don't look the same on the ground. Things are clearer up here. Might clear things up."
Aiming high, shooting low. This well executed drama is a quiet, allegorical road movie about failed ideas, coming to terms with life and realizing what's important. And Harry Dean Stanton is a subdued but unwavering force, the core of a film that stays with you.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
What happened to Wim Wenders? A quick look at his IMDB page and I realise that nothing happened to him. He’s still going strong, releasing movies on the regular, and has been for decades. But why isn’t Wenders as high profile as he once was? In the 80s and early 90s, he was one of the rare dudes who could make an arthouse, foreign language movie, and still get noticed in mainstream, English speaking cinema. Sure he wasn’t rivalling Speilberg for box office receipts or anything, but even in my small Australian town, you could find his movies in the local video shops. Movies like Paris, Texas.
After being missing for four years, Travis (Harry Dean Stanton) wanders from the…
'Every man has your voice...'
That goddamn line.
Every time, different moments of this film bring me to tears.
When I look back I always understand why, right now it'll be a mystery.
Firstly, a car travels down a highway, exactly parametric to the frame. A certain slide guitar note travels the exact same speed. Tears.
Secondly, when Travis sees the yelling man on the bridge. As he passes, Travis gentle pats the man on the back. Tears.
Thirdly, that goddamn line, and the whole scene following 'i knew these people...'. Tears.
Even know I understand that this film feels almost made for me in it's correlation with my life. I want everybody to see this film at least once.
I can't really imagine how someone conceived and made a movie like this. It's kind of phenomenal.
Ja hoor dit is een film met dialoog waar zelfs Woody Allen in veel van zijn films nog iets van kan leren. Hier zal ik enkele machtige scènes uit onthouden. Een film die vooral in het laatste deel je snaar zult raken. Uit de mijne kreeg ie zelfs muziek. Enige minpunt waar ik niet helemaal in geloofde was de rol van het jongetje (wat eigenlijk toch wel essentieel is voor het verhaal), voor mij kwam zijn karaktertje of personage niet helemaal geloofwaardig/realistisch over. Dat deed me vaak mijn loodzware wenkbrauwen fronsen, ik vond hem heel sympathiek en 'likable' overkomen maar zou ik dit kind in het echte leven ook zien terugkeren? Misschien wel, ik ben ook nog maar 20 dus wat weet ik van het leven. Verder: fantastische film!
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
An incredibly touching and potent film about redemption, rediscovery, family and loss. It was really compelling how the entire story unfolded from Travis being found in the desert to him becoming reunited with his son's mother. It was an epic journey that evoked a whirlwind of emotions and I was always invested in the characters as they were excellently developed
throughout. The cinematography in the film is also amazing, with so many breathtaking shots, especially of the desert landscapes.
Overall, Paris, Texas is truly captivating from start to finish and the experience will leave you awe-inspired.
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…