71 Great Directors: Wim Wenders

“Originality now is rare in the cinema and it isn’t worth striving for because most work that does this is egocentric and pretentious. What is most enjoyable about the cinema is simply working with a language that is classical in the sense that the image is understood by everyone. I’m not at all interested in innovating film language, making it more aesthetic. I love film history, and you’re better off learning from those who proceeded you.”

What Got This Director Here?
: Paris Texas/Wings of Desire.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: Pina.

What Did I Watch: Paris Texas.

Where Does He Fit: Isn’t Paris, Texas a thing of great beauty and wonder? The score is spooky, the colors shine in bright shades of red and pink and green, and Harry Dean Stanton’s performance is a marvel of hesitations and deep oceans of feeling behind those eyes. Everything results in a perfect 2.5 hour mood piece to chill out to, only for it to rip out your heart at certain points when relationships are born and then die again. Only a German could have made something so wonderfully American in how it ruins the fantasy of being swallowed up by the landscapes of the South.


Most Valuable Asset: A sense of spread.
Most Excited For: Wings of Desire.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Yes.

Coming Up Next: Three hit wonder Carol Reed.


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