Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
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.
"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 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…
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.
Wim Wenders Paris, Texas is the closes I seen to a perfect film (I needed to put that out there).
In a time of fast cuts, is good to see Wim Wender taking his time and allowing the film to breath giving weight to every scene.
The cinematography is exquisite, I could pause any scene and hang it on my wall, the use of color gives the film a life of it's own.
Paris, Texas is a haunting film of endless melancholia and redemption, a film that will stay with you for a long time.
Though the movie is quite slow-paced, it manages to keep the attention throughout the end and its cinematography stays in mind long after seeing it.
And it is really heartwarming, full of little subtle scenes from everyday, yet its colors create this certain special atmosphere.
Absolutely gorgeous, but devastating movie. This crushed me, yet I could not take my misty eyes off the screen. If only my Dad had come back to see me when I was 8 years old; maybe things could have been different.
Pretty much perfect.
"Your hair, it's wet."
I cannot express how uterly beautiful this film is. The filming is so simple yet adds a whole extra layer to what the story is able to provide (which is more then a lot). Honestly, I cannot say more then this because it sums it up so perfectly. This film is beautiful. Themes of family and how love connects two people so passionately. It's incredible and you need to go se it right now.
Hard to rank this one considering I was well aware while watching it how well made it was and appreciated that most people love it, but the film never really connected with me. The emotions of the characters make very little sense to me in a practical sense, they all seem to be living on some higher plain of emotion where absolutely no practicality is involved. The monologues at the end are terrific, and I really felt for Travis's story of stifling his wife and how that explains his actions throughout the film, but his decisions for the entire film have been extremely selfish, and his actions at the end of the film are just as selfish if not moreso,…
Paris, Texas can only be viewed as both happiness and sadness all at once. It is one emotional roller coaster of a movie, but worth every second. I have never seen sadness expressed in a movie so well. The movie is simple yet holds so much rarity in it. Wim Wender's directing, along with Sam Shepard's play write, makes for one of the best movies I have ever seen.
In order to enjoy the movie, one must have a distinct taste for drama and character study. There are a lot of things about this movie that aren't perfect, but that's what makes it amazing. The first part of the story doesn't make too much sense and never really does. It's…
Why have I never seen this until now? I loved every second of this film. I almost feel ashamed that I had never even heard of it until a couple months ago. Everyone needs to watch this!
Molasses-slow and morose, dreamy, and almost catatonic. A non-conforming road movie that delves heavily into the symptomatic nature of its characters, with stellar cinematography and a chill-inducing score. PARIS, TEXAS is the manifestation of its locales. The concept of 'place' is so ingrained in Harry Dean Stanton's Travis, that he spent four years wandering the desert in silent isolation. He's a broken man in the sense that he'd become completely disillusioned with life's outlook, and felt he had to run. Cutting off the world became his only option.
And with this knowledge instilled early on, PARIS, TEXAS is concerned with Travis' return to "the land of the living". It's shaky and more than slightly heartbreaking, almost impossible to watch without…
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