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Section: Apollo - Cinema Memories
Country: West Germany /France
Year: 1983/1984

 

Paris, Texas

color/144 minutes

Director: Wim Wenders. Screenplay: Sam Shepard. Cinematographer: Robby Müller. Editing: Peter Przygodda. Music: Ry Cooder. Cast: Harry Dean Stanton, Nastassja Kinski, Dean Stockwell, Aurore Clément, Hunter Carson , Bernhard Wicki, Sam Berry, Claresie Mobley, Viva Auder, Socorro Valdez.

The family of Travis had already broken up years ago. Since then he has seen neither his wife Jane nor his son Hunter. Indeed, after the separation, Travis himself disappeared for four years without a trace. Then he turns up in a small town in the middle of the Texan desert without even being able to remember his past. With the aid of his brother - who also raised Hunter - he begins to recover his speech. Slowly, he also succeeds in building up a relationship with his estranged son. Together they finally commence a journey to look for Jane, who they find in a peep show in Houston, Texas.

Production:
Road Movies Filmproduktion GmbH (Berlin), Argos Films S.A. (Neuilly)

Wim Wenders

Wim Wenders is a German filmmaker, playwright, author, photographer, and a major figure in New German Cinema. Among many honors, he has received three nominations for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature: for Buena Vista Social Club (1999), Pina (2011), and The Salt of the Earth (2014). One of Wenders' earliest honors was a win for the BAFTA Award for Best Direction for his narrative drama Paris, Texas (1984), which also won the Palme d'Or at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival. Many of his subsequent films have also been recognized at Cannes, including Wings of Desire (1987).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selected Filmography:

1970 Summer in the City
1972 The Goalkeeper's Fear of the Penalty
1973 The Scarlet Letter
1974 Alice in the Cities
1975 The Wrong Move
1976 Kings of the Road
1977 The American Friend
1980 Lightning Over Water
1982 Hammett
1982 The State of Things
1984 Paris, Texas
1987 Wings of Desire
1989 Notebook on Cities and Clothes
1991 Until the End of the World
1993 Faraway, So Close!
1997 The End of Violence
1999 Buena Vista Social Club
2000 The Million Dollar Hotel
2005 Don't Come Knocking
2011 Pina