Not a huge fan of Wenders, his films all seem like a drive down a long, lonely road that comes to a dead end in the middle of nowhere. But this film has Bruno Ganz and Dennis Hopper, pure magic, and a very discomforting "buddy film". Bruno Ganz is always great, to me, one of the greatest screen actors alive. Dennis Hopper was probably kind of an asshole, and he tapped into that in a way that worked really well.
Digital restoration, rewatched. Ganz, Hopper. Kreuzer, Fuller, Nicholas Ray, Eustache, Gérard Blain, Schmid, Castel, Müller, Patricia Highsmith, Hitchcock and trains, North- American novel, film noir, thriller, European contemplative new-cinema, deconstruction. There was a time when Wenders knew how to orchestrate so much diverse great components to a fascinating concrete unity.
One of my favorite films from Wim Wenders, this is an exceptional thriller. Dennis Hopper and Bruno Ganz have great chemistry and play off of each other brilliantly. We even get two great director cameos from Nicholas Ray and Sam Fuller.
I never felt the connection between the Ripley character and Dennis Hopper. It just seemed like Dennis Hopper. I definitely enjoyed it because it was so offbeat. I've always loved Bruno Ganz. I think the best Ripley has been Damon. I didn't feel it with Malkovich or Delon.
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.
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.
Not to crap on the dead but sometimes I think Dennis Hopper was a more interesting film presense during his wild man, drug period. I may be committing literary blasphemy here but his Tom Ripley is the only one I care about. His performance in this, my fave Wenders film, is a poem of existential beauty (sorry i'm pretenscious).Muller's use of color and Ganz's supporting work give equal weight as well.
The Wenders approach to the tried and tired crime drama turns the genre in on itself to create a story of emotional and human strain, resonating into something much more powerful and according than a typical director's take on the thriller.