Sunday, 18 June 2017

Capital Celluloid 2017 - Day 179: Fri Jun 30

Paris, Texas (Wenders, 1984): Close-Up Cinema, 7.30pm


This 35mm presentation is part of the Close-Up Cinema 'On The Road' season. You can find the full details here. This film, along with the Larry Gottheim short Harmonica (details here), is also being screened at Close-Up on July 19th.

Time Out review: 
A man in a red baseball cap comes stumbling over the Mexican border and into the Texan desert, mute, bowed but driven by an obsessive quest. When his brother (Dean Stockwell) drives him (Harry Dean Stanton) home to LA, the shards of his broken life are painfully pieced together in fits and starts of talk. Four years ago he 'lost' his family; now he has returned to find them. Reunited with his 7-year-old son, he travels to Houston, where he finds his wife (Natassja Kinski) working in a peep-show. Wim Wenders once more finds himself on the borders of experience, finally achieving an unprecedented declaration of the heart, even if man and wife can only perceive each other through a glass darkly. Wenders' collaboration with writer Sam Shepard is a master-stroke, wholly beneficial to both talents; if Wenders' previous film, The State of Things, was on the very limits of possibility, this one, through its final scenes, pushes the frontier three steps forward into new and sublime territory.
Chris Peachment

Here (and above) is the trailer

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