Paris, Texas (1984)
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It's a striking, gripping film for most of its length, with Wenders and cinematographer Robby Muller showing a great love of and fascination for the land -- almost as if their European upbringings had made them slightly envious of the wide-open spaces.
The movie belongs to Stanton, of course, and it's hard to think of any other actor who can go from Chaplinlike outcast to tragic hero in the space of a feature film.
It is clear-eyed and unsparing, and full of the price our way of life extracts from those who can least afford it emotionally.
It would be worth seeing for Stanton's performance alone.
A rewarding story of distance, separation and ultimately, of renewed chances.
Audience Reviews for Paris, Texas
While deceptively simple on the surface, this is a masterful example of screenwriting and storytelling that finds truth and poetry in the mundane and is centered on the kind of quietly nuanced characters that I guess any actor or actress would love to play once in their lives.
A man wordlessly stumbles out of the desert after disappearing without a trace four years previously and sets about reclaiming his lost family. Harry Dean Stanton is one of those faces that everyone knows without knowing they know; a remarkable character actor who took very few lead roles. His wonderfully understated performance is the centrepiece to Wim Wenders' road movie dealing with love and loss that's chock full of beautiful imagery. In fact it's a little ironic that it took a German to capture so completely the "feel" of middle America but this piece of audio-visual poetry is one of the purest examples of mainstream cinema as an art form. No-one could fail to be captivated by his scenes with estranged wife Nastassja Kinski whose first appearance on screen has become an iconic image. Its ponderous pace and lengthy running time will not appeal to those looking for action or melodrama, but Paris, Texas is more an experience than a piece of entertainment and if approached as such is rather unforgettable.
Eyes glued to the screen from beginning to end. Plus my favorite score of all time, provided by Ry Cooder, interpreting Dark Was The Night by Blind Willie Johnson.
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|Travis:||A vacant lot "A vacant lot, I bought that land when we were all together, with your mom." "I thought we might live there someday."|
|Travis:||A vacant lot. A vacant lot, I bought that land when we were all together, with your mom. I thought we might live there someday.|