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.
Κάθε φορά περιμένω να γυρίσει ο Travis αλλά αν γυρνούσε θα μ'άρεσε το ίδιο; Μάλλον όχι. Σίγουρα όχι.
I watch this every year for 30 years now. Strange, 1984 is dear to me now. Anyway, Bobby Muller's photography is stunning, Ry Cooder's soundtrack is haunting, Sam Shepard's original story a tale of the American emptiness, which is full of emotions.
The Direction by Wim Wenders is masterful, the acting by all is perfection. This is still my 10 out of 10 film. It is perfection, a hauntingly poetic tale made in America. A film that everyone should see
I could write a very large pieces about the brilliant things this film has going for it but what blew me away the most was Harry Dean Stanton's performance. I had seen him in a few things before but this was extraordinary as he portrays a man returning to society after years in self imposed exile, looking to reunite with his son and his estranged wife. The scene between him and Kinski at the end of the film is one of the most incredibly tense, touching scenes I have ever witnessed. Wenders and Robbie Muller, his cinematographer, do an incredible job of smashing out scene after powerful scene, with the actors not only keeping me emotionally invested but the entire…
Paris, Texas is a slow developing character study. It breathes and aches with every slow-panning shot, with every awkward, stilted conversation. It breaks normal filmmaking convention not to be different, but because that is what the characters demand to be realistic. As a piece of 2.5 hour artwork, Paris, Texas excels beautifully.
Those interested in a tense, action-packed plot will be bored to tears.
This movie, man this movie. That slide guitar with a heartache of a wail stretches across the desert. I do think it's the only instrument in the entire film and is fitting given the story. This is a beautiful film and entirely unexpected. There isn't much in the way of novelty about the story and it feels more like archetypes brought together but it's so well told and executed in so many ways. One reviewer here has pointed out the similarities with the Moses story, and looking back now I think he's absolutely correct. This comparison adds depth to the film and also works as an interpretive framework for the film itself.
Really great movie, really really enjoyed it. :)
"I... I used to make long speeches to you after you left. I used to talk to you all the time, even though I was alone. I walked around for months talking to you. Now I don't know what to say. It was easier when I just imagined you. I even imagined you talking back to me. We'd have long conversations, the two of us. It was almost like you were there. I could hear you, I could see you, smell you. I could hear your voice. Sometimes your voice would wake me up. It would wake me up in the middle of the night, just like you were in the room with me. Then... it slowly faded. I couldn't…
Totally blown away by this, one of the very best dramas I've ever seen.
I had got it into my head that this would be very minimalist, abstract and with very little dialogue.
What I was presented with was a wonderful, simple and powerful story about love, life and regrets. Top marks for all the cast, I feel like I have lived in the film, standing with them.
This is going right into my top 50 movies!
"I thought you were afraid of heights."
"I'm not afraid of heights. I'm afraid of fallin'."
I finally picked up Paris, Texas on blu-ray last week, based on the praise of my peers alone I might add. For my first viewing, I had nothing to go on except for the usual back-of-the-box blurb. First off, the mastering job on the disc is sublime. It is up there as one of the best looking films in my collection and I have a very substantial collection at that. I could continue to laud the quality of this blu-ray transfer but I crucially do not want to detract from how stunning this film actually is, regardless of viewing format (I can only imagine).…
Gorgeous cinematography. In a theatre. Love it.
Doesn't so much pack an emotional punch as it just fills you up with pain and sadness and love and family and feelings you don't know what to do with. Things lost and things found. A wonderful film.
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