director's cut digitally restored version (5 hours !!!) A rare chance to see this projected happened at a Wenders series at TIFF Lightbox this weekend. This was a personal holy grail for this viewer having waited over 2 decades to see. To quote Wenders the known 2 1/2 hour cut is basically the 'reader's digest' version of the film and one must see the visionary full length cut to truly appreciate. cntd....
This is the kind of sprawling, chaotic mess that could only be produced by an artist with real creative vision. Although the ideas and imagination are often dazzling, the film falls apart under the weight of Wenders' complete self-indulgence; with too many characters, locations, languages and loose-ends to really focus on the important things that make those rare moments of brilliance captivating and relatable.
To fully appreciate it, you have to see the uncut 5 hour print, NOT the butchered 3 hr US version. I think its an epic masterpiece, and probably Wim Wenders' best film, even more than "Wings of Desire" or "Paris Texas". Great soundtrack too. ***** 5
Finally saw the uncut version on the big screen. Like Lynch 's inland empire this is a director doing exactly what he wants for better or worse. I still dont kno whatClaire sees in Trevor. there is flawed detachment in the middle Portion - wenders signature road movie. However, the 3rd act is great with amazing close ups and philosophical investigations into images as people become addicted to their dreams.
This movie can afraid people by his length, but don't worry about that, you will watch it and enjoy every miliseconds of this masterpiece.
PS : Watch the full movie in one time and don't set a break, you'll enjoy it more.
There are many films in one movie : a romantic roadie (like Jim JARMUCH's Only Lovers left alive), a (not convincing) sci-fi movie & a musical film Oh yes ... what & great music score ! Quel humaniste ce WENDERS, ce film est une hommage aux femmes, à l'amour, à la terre, aux pays ... Quant à l'argent ... dérisoire !! (n'empêche que le film a coûté 30 millions de $ :-)))).
4H30 pur délice, pur talent, invention, sensibilité... j'y ai retrouvé ce monde d'aujourd'hui penché sur ses tablettes à la recherche d'une prise électrique, un monde qui pourrait devenir inerte et sel centré ! un bel hommage à notre petite Solveig qui éblouit pas mal le film avec William Hurt.. bon j'ai trouvé beau ce bout du monde ! et les musiques aussi