Born in Dusseldorf just after the end of World War II, German film director Wim Wenders grew up with an insatiable appetite for American movies. Not all that interested in big-budget products, he, instead, developed a fascination with B-movies, notably melodramas and Westerns. After studying Medicine and Philosophy in his native country, Wenders took up art in Paris (a mecca for viewing American films), and then returned to his homeland to attend Munich’s Academy of Film and Television. Like many of his French movie-fan brethren, Wenders began his career writing film criticism before directing a few short subjects of his own, and, in 1970, he and several other young filmmakers formed a production-distribution firm, Filmverlag Der Autoren. Summer in the City (1970) was Wenders’ first feature film, but it was his 1973 adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter that first brought him attention outside of Germany. The film included many accomplishments, most notably coaxing… read more
Ponderous and lacking anything of interest to note, Wenders’ documentary about Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto is dull, tedious and ultimately very boring. Yamamoto himself is particularly frustrating as his mumbles his way through empty philosophical ponderings, with the backbone of the film (the idea that fashion is somewhat profound and deserving of a place amongst the other high-end art forms) a little pretentious. There are some nice technical touches, proving that Wenders does has more than an eye for cinema but this is one only for the completists.