Friday, 11 March 2011

Capital Celluloid - Day 72: Sunday Mar 13, 2011

The American Friend (Wenders, 1977): Phoenix Cinema, 2pm FREE

A marvellous adaptation of that most cinematic of writers Patricia Highsmith's Ripley's Game and one of the best examples of New German Cinema which flowered in the 1970s. This intelligently mounted thriller by Wim Wenders stars Dennis Hopper as the amoral Tom Ripley, a character Highsmith returned to a number of times in her novels, and Bruno Ganz as Jonathan Zimmerman, a picture framer with a secret who becomes a reluctant assassin.

Veteran Hollywood director Nicholas Ray makes an appearance and this is partly a tribute to his expressionist use of colours and mastery of the noir genre. Perfect fare for a Sunday afternoon and the bonus is that this screening is free as part of the Phoenix's centenary celebrations. Booking is highly recommended.

Here is the trailer.

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