This is how I would introduce a newcomer to foreign classics, from most accessible to least accessible. I'm still a…
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...…
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…
"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…
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.
This was the first film I've seen from Wim Wenders. It was a really moving and simple film, with gorgeous colors and cinematography. Its about the subtle story of this man, and how he loses his family twice, once with his self-destructiveness, and at the end with self-sacrifice. This quote from Roger Ebert is too good not to be mentioned: "The movie lacks any of the gimmicks used to pump up emotion and add story interest, because it doesn't need them: It is fascinated by the sadness of its own truth."
i feel kinda got the theme of this film, but not so clearly. anyway, the girl is astonishingly beautiful.
Not your average sad love story, taking many unexpected and poignant turns. Wonderful cinematography punctured by a vivid use of color. Every emotional moment is earned. Contains what ranks among the most spellbinding single location conversations I've seen on film (Nastassja Kinski here is stunning). Excellent child performance in what is an essential role. Stanton carries around deep regret like a boulder. And that mournful score!
Favorite art film of all time. Excellent cinematography, masterful direction, wonderful casting.
This movie has a nice laid back feel to it. Harry Dean Stanton is great in the lead role and the music score is very good. I liked alot about this film but some scenes are kind of amateurish. Love that opening scene.
A fulfilling, meandering journey through past and expectation and accountability and connection and by far my favorite of the Wenders oeuvre I've seen thus far. From Stanton's standout performance to a script that doesn't insult the audience's intelligence, this puppy fires on all cylinders from start to finish. A well-deserved classic and further evidence that character is king.
Fuck everyone in this movie, Robby Müller was the real mvp
Also fire whoever mixed the soundtrack maybe? lmao
Prefiero a Wenders en documental. Me dejó confundida, como sólo las buenas películas saben hacer. Me dejó con gusto a poco, y pienso que en este caso eso es bueno.
La fotografía y el arte son perfectos, y las situaciones son de cartón. Es un estilo, en el que la reacción del personaje no coincide emotivamente con lo que le está pasando, o mejor dicho, un estilo de distanciamiento con el espectador y su recepción emotiva. Los personajes no tienen una reacción visible de las emociones, sólo vemos palabras y hechos. Al mejor estilo europeo cliché.
Hay que destacar las largas escenas en la cabina donde trabaja Jane, en donde un sólo plano sostenido puede hacernos quedar duros de la…
Podría fácilmente fragmentar esta película en dos pedazos: uno interesante, emotivo y profundo y otro alienante, distante y aburrido. Y así es toda la película. Un electocardiograma de calidad e interés de mi parte que hizo de este flick una experiencia extraña.
Lo que me más me guardaré de esta película es la fotografía. Está probablemente entre las movies más bellas que he visto ever. Pero no solo los imágenes lindas como las de Wes o Kubrick, son imágenes que me generan sensaciones (más allá del asombro), esas que no se pueden describir (that's why I ain't doing it). Paisajes desérticos, luces de neón, moving backgrounds y un par de tomas que casi me hacen lagrimear.
Y continuando con…
Some incredible pieces, but lacks completely realized vision of Wings of Desire.
Those below are not available on the site (from what I can tell).
24 Frames Per Century
Black Something (Zellners)…
Quando comecei a assistir mais filmes eu precisava de um caminho pra seguir e caí de cabeça em um monte…