Tom Ripley has a sweet deal with an art forger. The forger creates the paintings, Tom sells them. But another criminal business associate wants Tom to go in for an even riskier enterprise: murder. Tom suggests his associate ask a local picture framer instead. That man has a fatal disease, or so it’s rumored. More, he has a wife and kid that surely he wouldn’t want to leave penniless. Let this picture framer be a hit man, and no one will suspect. The terminally ill craftsman may agree to the misdeed, and several more, but he’ll end up needing Tom Ripley in a pinch. –IMDb
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
Wim Wenders' adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's "Ripley's Game" is exceptional and features strong performances from a talented cast. Bruno Ganz is wonderful as Jonathon and I enjoyed seeing Samuel Fuller and Nicholas Ray on the other side of the camera too.
love this film so much and can't even explain why, it just leaves me with a great feeling
A clever film by Wenders. I love how he cast famous directors like Sam Fuller and Nick Ray as his mobsters. Dennis Hopper is terrifying and enigmatic as usual, but it's Bruno Ganz's performance that really carries the film. I just wanted to shake him and scream "Don't go with these guys!" The whole affair is tragic from the start and it can't be stopped. Great colors and camerawork, too.
Two thrillers by François Truffaut and Wim Wenders surprisingly share the exact same cinephilic object.