New German Cinema pioneer Wim Wenders (Wings of Desire) brings his keen eye for landscape to the American Southwest in Paris, Texas, a profoundly moving character study written by Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Sam Shepard. Paris, Texas follows the mysterious, nearly mute drifter Travis (a magnificent Harry Dean Stanton, whose face is a landscape all its own) as he tries to reconnect with his young son, living with his brother (Dean Stockwell) in Los Angeles, and his missing wife (Nastassja Kinski). From this simple setup, Wenders and Shepard produce a powerful statement on codes of masculinity and the myth of the American family, as well as an exquisite visual exploration of a vast, crumbling world of canyons and neon. –The Criterion Collection
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
Probably the best film I've ever seen about loneliness and loss. Something about the characters in this movie generates a great deal of natural, unforced empathy. And my god, the cinematography - Wenders is catering to my obsession with neon lights and that first scene in the whorehouse gets my vote for most visually stunning sequence in cinematic history.
It has been too long that a film triggered my emotions so deeply. Many amazed a snob like me with their aesthetic, technical or etc. features, but if certain films really do have a special power to "touch one's soul directly", this one has achieved it for me.
I doubt if this film would have a remake sometime in these days. Wherein movies that we watch today in the theaters are very unconventional, some superhero flicks, some sequels, some remakes, some… read review
Wow. Paris, Texas is a trememdously brilliant, deep, unusual movie whcih Roger Ebert described in his 1984 review as ‘defiantly individual’ and this it certainly is. It’s impossible to guess from the… read review
i find that this film resonates with, not only me, but should to all. It’s not that i relate completely to Travis and his character, i feel that we all have a “Paris, Texas” in our minds, as cheesy… read review