The American Friend

The American Friend ★★★★½

Wenders' most plotted and most chaotic movie. It's got pure transcendent stuff -- surreal emotional beats and images not to be found anywhere else. A friendship too true to make any real sense. A story cruel, nihilistic, yet childishly sweet. A dark troublingly-drugged buddy-comedy "god-is-dead" noir version of Wender's usual vaguely-Christian redemptive themes. Dennis Hopper's character is an anomaly in Wenders' filmography. His character is also an anomaly in history. This movie is a blessing. Cold and hot. Chaotic neutral!

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