The most complete, newly restored version of Nicholas Ray's experimental masterpiece embodies the director's practice of film-making as a "communal way of life." Ray plays himself in the ... See full summary »
A traveling projection-equipment mechanic works in Western Germany along the East-German border, visiting worn-out theatres. He meets with a depressed young man whose marriage has just broken up, and the two decide to travel together.
During the '35th Cannes International Film Festival' (14th-26th May 1982), German director Wim Wenders asked a sample of 15 other international film directors to get, each one at a time, ... See full summary »
A commander receives a citation for an attack on Rommel's headquarters, which is actually undeserved as the commander is unfit for his job. On top of that, unbeknownst to him, his wife is having an affair with one of his officers.
Experimental anthology film consisting of nine segments - Contrasts, The Janitor, The Plumber, Another Wet Dream, The Happy Necrophiliacs, On a Sunday Afternoon, A Face, Politfuck, Flames - all focused on 70s sex, love and politics.
In 17th-century Salem, Hester Prynne must wear a scarlet A because she is an adulteress, with a child out of wedlock. For seven years, she has refused to name the father. A vigorous older ... See full summary »
Director Nicholas Ray is eager to complete a final film before his imminent death from cancer. Wim Wenders is working on his own film Hammett (1982) in Hollywood, but flies to New York to help Ray realize his final wish. Ray's original intent is to make a fiction film about a dying painter who sails to China to find a cure for his disease. He and Wenders discuss this idea, but it is obviously unrealistic given Ray's state of health. Written by
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I didn't come here to talk about dying Nic... but we might have to.
But we might have to?
I was looking forward to seeing you, because I need your advice. You told me on the phone that you wanted to see me, but I was afraid to come too. And I think I'd rather tell you right now; why. I was aware that I'd see you in weakness, and... that... you might be worried about being seen this way. But I feel it's okay now. There is something else that came to my mind in the plane last night, that I'm ...
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In 1977,Nicholas Ray was part of the cast of "der Amerikanische Freund"
as Derwatt,a painter who made forgeries .In this movie,Ray tells the
story of a painter who steals the masterpieces in the museums and
replaces them with forgeries.
I have always been a Ray fan from "they live by night" to "run for
cover" to "party girl" to his final epics which were looked upon by
pretty much as failures.I must admit that I do not go much for Wenders'
stuff ,which is much too intellectual for me .
Its not a documentary movie,it's cinema verite depicting a man who is
dying.The courage the director displays in front of death commands
admiration but I wonder whether this movie should have been
released:it's an intimate one,which should have been reserved for the
circle of family and close friends.And I'm sure that many of these
prefer to keep a picture of a healthy man .
If you have seen four or five movies by Ray ("rebel without a cause"
"Johnny Guitar" "The savage" ) a piece of advice:try and see the lesser
known Ray works:"wind across the everglades "born to be bad" "on
dangerous ground" or "knock on any door" .The best homage to an
exceptionally gifted director.
There are two good moments in "Lightning over water":
The "lusty men" extract happens to be my favorite in this
classic:Mitchum come s back home,an old house where he finds back a
comic and a money box:In "Lightning " ,Ray hints at "coming back
home,seeing my mother's face" Childhood was an obsession in his work
:just remember Dean playing in the gutter ("Rebel) or Cagney trying to
make Derek his "son" in "run for cover" .
THe diary which Wenders reads is in German which makes sense since it's
his first language;the shots of the wings of the plane are fascinating.
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