Paris, Texas (1984)
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as Travis Henderson
as Jane Henderson
as Walt Henderson
as Anne Henderson
as Alex Hunter Henderson
as Dr. Ulmer
as Woman on TV
as Screaming Man
as Nurse Bibs
as Gas Station Attendant
as Car Rental Clerk
as Hunter At Age 3
as Hunter's Friend
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By contributing these different cultural influences, Wenders makes this less about a certain place and time, and more of an overarching human experience.
Wenders articulates his slightly romanticized, "outsider's" idea of the lonely American west, a place of spiritual emptiness and surreal beauty.
Surely the film lacks pure authenticity but in its place, we are met with spellbinding subtlety, equal parts poetic and mundane.
Though Paris, Texas is the most interesting American film I've seen all year, it is finally not a success.
Audience Reviews for Paris, Texas
While deceptively simple on the surface, this is a masterful example of screenwriting and storytelling that finds truth and poetry in the mundane and is centered on the kind of quietly nuanced characters that I guess any actor or actress would love to play once in their lives.
A man wordlessly stumbles out of the desert after disappearing without a trace four years previously and sets about reclaiming his lost family. Harry Dean Stanton is one of those faces that everyone knows without knowing they know; a remarkable character actor who took very few lead roles. His wonderfully understated performance is the centrepiece to Wim Wenders' road movie dealing with love and loss that's chock full of beautiful imagery. In fact it's a little ironic that it took a German to capture so completely the "feel" of middle America but this piece of audio-visual poetry is one of the purest examples of mainstream cinema as an art form. No-one could fail to be captivated by his scenes with estranged wife Nastassja Kinski whose first appearance on screen has become an iconic image. Its ponderous pace and lengthy running time will not appeal to those looking for action or melodrama, but Paris, Texas is more an experience than a piece of entertainment and if approached as such is rather unforgettable.
Eyes glued to the screen from beginning to end. Plus my favorite score of all time, provided by Ry Cooder, interpreting Dark Was The Night by Blind Willie Johnson.
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