Tag Archives: Wim Wenders

Bruno Ganz, 1941–2019

The scene above made the Swiss actor Bruno Ganz immortal. After the premiere of the masterful Downfall in 2004, countless YouTube parodies were made of this scene, each one with new, creative subtitles. Hitler’s rage (in a foreign, incomprehensible language, as long as you didn’t speak German) served as a hilarious comment on whatever subject you … Continue reading Bruno Ganz, 1941–2019

The Salt of the Earth

Wim Wenders returned to documentaries after Pina (2011), which was a portrait of a famous dance choreographer. This film follows another impressive, passionate artist, renowned photographer Sebastião Salgado. Made together with Salgado’s son as co-director, the film explains why the photographer made such an impression on Wenders – the man’s empathy for people shone through … Continue reading The Salt of the Earth

Hammett

HE CREATED “THE MALTESE FALCON”, SAM SPADE AND “THE THIN MAN”. BUT HE DIDN’T WRITE THIS MYSTERY-THRILLER… HE LIVED IT.  Former Pinkerton detective Dashiell Hammett (Frederic Forrest) makes a living in San Francisco writing pulp fiction, but a visit from an old partner (Peter Boyle) throws him back in danger. Wim Wenders’s first American film … Continue reading Hammett

Paris, Texas: Out of the Desert

A PLACE FOR DREAMS. A PLACE FOR HEARTBREAK. A PLACE TO PICK UP THE PIECES. Lately I’ve been going through a period where I’ve felt somewhat lost regarding the future of my website. Isn’t it time for changes? What should the reviews look like and how can I make them more personal? Should I continue … Continue reading Paris, Texas: Out of the Desert

Wings of Desire: Angels in Berlin

Whenever art-house film as a concept is spoofed, it tends to be in black-and-white with funny-looking camera angles, rain, misery and incomprehensible dialogue. Pretentious, is the word we’re looking for. A lot of people might even have a specific movie in mind – the slow-moving, German drama Wings of Desire. Not something you’d put on … Continue reading Wings of Desire: Angels in Berlin

The American Friend

Jonathan Zimmermann (Bruno Ganz), a German picture framer who thinks he has very little time left in this world, accepts an offer to kill a criminal for a large sum of money. The second film (following Purple Noon (1960)) to feature the character of Tom Ripley, it also became somewhat of a breakthrough for director Wim Wenders. Ganz … Continue reading The American Friend