The American Friend

The American Friend ★★★½

Neo-noir mystery though based on the writings of Patricia Highsmith. The film adaptation feels like a Graham Greene novel with it's mysterious and deceitful characters. Dennis Hopper is an art dealer with shady undertones and a cowboy hat.

Ways of seeing is a common theme present in Wenders' works; cameras, stereoscopes, picture frames are ubiquitous.

Architecture often begins a shot establishing place before a gracious pan to plot. The camera often takes a close up focussing on details or 'people doing things' handles turning, steering wheels.