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 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…
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.
Green, Blue, Red, Green.
A fantastic character study of a man, Travis, who has disappeared for 4 years, leaving behind his child, Hunter, and the mother of the child, Jane. I love the way this story is handled. We get a beautiful character arc with Travis, who is at first a man who has done all he could to forget his past and has been living in the moment, chasing whatever he desired, which at this moment is Paris, Texas where he has land. After his brother locates him, we see him pretty much relearn how to communicate with others. He has to reacquaint himself with his son who his brother had basically adopted. There is a great scene where Travis goes to walk…
The most beautiful film ever made.
With every viewing, I become more convinced that Shepard doesn't intend for Travis to be any kind of romantic, modern cowboy hero, even if Wenders plays with the archetype a little. He's utterly inadaquate, unwilling to face any kind of responsibility. He comes back, complicates and disrupts people's lives and leaves again.
In some ways, it reminds me of Favreau's CHEF (2014). Carl hasn't been there for his son. In some ways, he is as much a stranger to him as Travis is to Hunter when he returns from Mexico. The connection is reforged in both cases, but is equally complicated in both. Hunter already has a father, and a mother. Travis only wins his approval by 'playing' the father. Emjay loves his dad, but how can they hang out when Carl has his food truck?
Paris Texas is a slow, moody, and delicate study about a man who once ran away from everything and now is coming to terms with himself and learning to forgive himself, by finally facing he people he turned his back on......before walking away again.
Paris, Texas is not a happy movie and it is not for everyone. It is slow paced but if you have the patience you will see excellent cinematographic views and a great music score by Ry Cooder.
Slow paced to culminate a beautiful emotional scene, beautifully shot and beautifully acted. Finished this movie with a melancholic heart.
Can't help but think how much a 2014 film I love like Blue Ruin owes to this masterpiece.
Haunting film with amazing performanc by Harry Dean Stanton. Ry Cooder soundtrack is phenomenal.
Paris, Texas tells the story of Travis, a mute who was found wandering in the desert of Texas. After being checked into a shabby hospital he is taken in by his brother and heads to Los Angeles. There he reunites with his 7 year old son who had been living with his aunt and uncle. He slowly learns to open up and decides to track down his estranged wife in order to take his family to the land he had purchased long ago in Paris, Texas.
The movie clocks in at 145 minutes which seems much longer than necessary given the storyline, but there isn’t a wasted scene in the film. I’m familiar with Harry Dean Stanton mostly being the…
Flawed but emotionally resonant, Paris, Texas succeeds wonderfully when it isn't trying to--that is, in the middle act where Travis reunites with Hunter. The one-way mirror scene (which is likely the deal-breaker or -maker depending on your preferences) felt a bit too contrived for my tastes, and seemed like it would be more at home in play--although the cinematic elements of the scene were themselves fantastic. Not to mention that the closing shot of the film is great. It's not hard to see why the film has become a critically lauded classic, and perhaps I might revise my opinion on a second viewing, but the film fell short of my expectations, which admittedly, were quite high. Not quite the masterpiece I was expecting, but also not without a strong emotional core that arguably justifies a bit of contrivance.
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