I think that the scene where Travis first sees his wife in the show-booth is one of the most perfectly composed moments I've seen in a film. Oh, and "This is not a place to bring a fancy woman." Great line. Great film.
Wenders conjures an image of America free of its swarming populace, reduced to a broken family and the barren, neon-lit landscapes of the nation's heartland. The lurid glare of every billboard, cafe and motel seems to impress deeply on each character as they wander across America in dream-like solitude in search of lost time.
Digital, re-rating. Again, rewatching a movie that i previously saw on film. Deeply inscribed in the mythology of the journey through the physical North-American territory, turns into a journey through the mind and its labyrinthine derivations, geography-mind in concomitant spatiality, which is, basically, a repository of learning moments: to walk, to see / not see, hear, feel. With Robby Müller's "nuit americaine".
it´s weird and it keeps the distance and i wasn´t really attached but after the film i wanted to listen to that song about neon lights and its emptiness doesn´t hurt, it´s benign. also, made burgers looks very good so i made one.
As a family drama, I loved it. As an exploration of a lost America, it felt quaint. In a unique case, I would have preferred it had it been less ambitious. After all, what's wrong with a film about a phenomenally well acted cast of actors who play a family. Who cares if it's not artsy-fartsy and if it may lack a rich theme or style, the humanity on display would have been enough. Also, how did he survive for 4 years?
All that colour, all that melancholy, all that space and air. An extraordinary and visionary film, that like Wender's' idol Ozu (all that red) takes our tired and accepted world, and views it through those childlike eyes that make it all revelatory once 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.
"I… I used to make long speeches to you after you left.
I used to talk to you all the time, even though I was alone. I walked around for months talking to you. Now I don’t know what to say. It was easier when I just imagined you.