Director: Wim Wenders

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Film:Paris, Texas

Paris, Texas

Wim Wenders

Something like a perfect artistic union is achieved in the major components of Paris, Texas: the twang of Ry Cooder’s guitar, the lonely light of Robbie Muller’s camera, the craggy landscape of Harry Dean Stanton’s face. In his greatest role, longtime character actor Stanton plays a man brought back to his old life after wandering in the desert (or somewhere) for four years. He has a 7-year-old son to get to know, and his wife has gone missing. The material is much in the wanderlust spirit of director Wim Wenders, working from a script by Sam Shepard and…

Film:Faraway, So Close!

Faraway, So Close!: (In weiter Ferne, so nah!)

Wim Wenders

German director Wim Wenders provides another breathtaking angel’s-eye view of Berlin in Faraway, So Close, the offbeat follow up to Wings of Desire. The film revisits all the main characters from Wings: Damiel (Bruno Ganz), now a former angel married to trapezist Marion (Solveig Dommartin), and Cassiel (Otto Sander), who remained an angel at the end of the first film but takes the plunge into human life here. Peter Falk also reprises his unusual cameo role. Newly added to the mix are Nastassja Kinski as another visiting angel and Willem Dafoe…

Film:Pina (2011)

Pina

Wim Wenders

Pina is a feature-length dance film with the ensemble of the Tanztheater Wupperta, featuring the unique and inspiring art of the great German choreographer, who died in the summer of 2009. Director Wim Wenders takes the audience on a visually stunning journey of discovery into a new dimension: straight onto the stage with the legendary ensemble and follows the dancers out of the theatre into the city and the surrounding areas of Wuppertal—the place, which for 35 years was the home and center for Pina Bausch’s creativity.

Film:Buena Vista Social Club

Buena Vista Social Club

Wim Wenders

In 1996, composer, producer, and guitar legend Ry Cooder entered Egrem Studios in Havana with the forgotten greats of Cuban music, many of them in their 60s and 70s, some of them long since retired. The resulting album, Buena Vista Social Club, became a Grammy-winning international bestseller. When Cooder returned to Havana in 1998 to record a solo album by 72-year-old vocalist Ibrahim Ferrer, filmmaker Wim Wenders was on hand to document the occasion. Wenders splits the film between portraits of the performers, who tell their stories directly to the…

Film:Hammett (1982)

Hammett

Wim Wenders

Film:Wings of Desire

Wings of Desire: (Der Himmel über Berlin)

Wim Wenders

“There are angels over the streets of Berlin,” quotes the movie poster, but these are like no angels you’ve ever seen. Bundled in dark overcoats, they watch over the city with ears open to the heartbeat of the human soul, listening to the internal musings and yearnings of earthbound humans like existential detectives. In these delicate, astounding scenes we float through the thoughts of dozens Berlin citizens, from the weary and worn to the hopeful and young, as the angels record the magic moments for some heavenly record. But when Damiel (the empathic and…

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