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.
This movie hit me right in the feels.Paris,Texas is an emotional offbeat drama about a family trying become one again.Harry Dean Stanton plays Travis a lost man who's fpund by his brother to help pick up his life.He reconnects him with his son that's he's been raising.Travis and his son Hunter then go on a quest looking for his mother.
Everything about this is really well done and not a second feels wasted.It's a roller coaster of a film.It's all very thrilling at times but it never stops being a bit quirky and stripped down.The landscape shots are another highlight of this film.This is a great film.
Some random thoughts:
- The first thing that stood out to me about this film was the wonderful cinematography and vivid colors used throughout the film.
- The next I noticed was the haunting guitar that rolls through the film, played by Ry Cooder.
- I suppose this should be classified as a road film as the main character travels from Texas to LA, then back to Houston.
- The rural/run-down sets are beautiful.
- Watching Harry Dean Stanton's relationship grow with the boy is pretty touching.
- Very good performances by all the leads.
- I really like the pacing of this film and there are some nice long unbroken shots during the reuniting between HDS & Kinskey.
- Ending is pretty touching.
What did Travis want from all this? What was he longing for? Who was he looking for? Why was he wandering the desert for four years? Does he want escapism? What was so special about the place named Paris in Texas?
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One of the most beautifully filmed movies I've ever seen, Paris, Texas is on the shortlist of best films in a decade of great films. Harry Dean Stanton, Dean Stockwell and Nastassja Kinski star in this story of a broken man and his broken world.
one of my favourite films, I can't believe it's 30 years old. Looked so stunning on the big screen and there were some very audible sobs in the audience.
Such beautiful cinematography from Robby Muller and a heartbreaking performance from Harry Dean Stanton.
I knew very little about Paris, Texas going into it and I really like it when that happens. Paris, Texas is a complex movie set in simple terms. It deals with the relationship between fathers and sons, brothers, and husbands and wives. Ultimately its abut the pressures that can arrive from the family unit. Harry Dean Stanton is wonderful as Travis, a man who has emerged from the desert after disappearing from his family four years prior. Harry Dean Stanton is an actor who I recognized, but only ever knew is supporting roles. He definitely deserves roles like this. The movie is a slow burner and ultimately satisfying (for the most part). I do have issues with the handling of some characters, but that never took away from the movie or its pay off.
God damn. Just god damn. Outside of maybe a bit of iffy acting from Clement and an awkward moment here or there, this film is near actual perfection. The cinematography was highlighted even more so by the 35mm film I was lucky enough to experience it on. This movie is flat-out fantastic.
Paris, Texas is a quiet beautiful little film. Harry Dean Stanton, Nastassja Kinski and Dean Stockwell all gave great perfomances..
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