Paris, Texas (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
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The first disc features an audio commentary by filmmaker Wim Wenders. The director talks about how he and Ry Cooder decided to use the music that is in the Paris, Texas. Wenders also talks about the origins of the film and working with Sam Shepard on the screenplay. The director talks about the genesis of the film's title and how it relates to Travis. Wenders tells many filming anecdotes on this informative track.
Also included is a theatrical trailer.
The second disc starts off with an interview with Wenders from 2001. He had wanted to make a film about America but hadn't done it to his satisfaction with his previous films. It wasn't until Paris, Texas that he felt like he had achieved this goal. It was also the first time he worked in a spontaneous fashion without a pre-planned shot list.
"The Road to Paris, Texas" is a collection of interviews with key collaborators of Wenders over the years. They all speak admiringly of the man. Wenders talks about the influence of rock `n' roll and road movies on his work.Read more ›
I remember first viewing this at the cinema in the 80s. To be honest, I found it a bit gruelling. At that time I hadn't seen much in the way of European cinema, and the American setting and actors had me expecting a film with not just a different pace but a different emotional world.
Now I find 'Paris, Texas' makes me think of a strange mix of other films.
Firstly, classic Westerns; most notably, 'The Searchers' - primarily for the mood evoked by the vast expanse of landscape, but also for the ultimately unfathomable motivations of the characters - however much you learn about Travis (or Ethan Edwards) the story behind their actions remains incomplete.
Terrence Malick's 'Days of Heaven' also comes to mind - again there is ravishing cinematography, and the overwhelming sense of immense space; there is also the direct connection with Sam Shepherd writing for Wenders and acting for Malick; the characters too share a terrifying vision of love, a vision that seems embodied in their physical surroundings - the superficial beauty is tied to an emotional emptiness, a kind of directionlessness, where ordinary morality is limited in its powers. It's as if both films speak of a freedom, intoxicating and full of promise, but which is also frightening, in that anything is possible and everything feels insecure.Read more ›
"Paris, Texas" comes across as the visual equivalent of a tone poem; Travis (Harry Dean Stanton) mysteriously shows up after 4 years in the desert. Travis would claim to remember nothing about his past if he would speak--everyone assumes he's mute until they are able to contact his brother Walt (Dean Stockwell) who with his wife has been raising Travis' son Hunter (Hunter Carson) as his own. Travis has returned to rediscover his life and undo the past as best he can including locating his estranged wife Jane (Natassja Kinski)who disappeared sending Travis on his own lost journey into Hades.
Based on stories written by actor/playwright Sam Shepard, adapted by L. M.Read more ›
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Damaged case and DVD. The DVD is covered in scratches and skips.Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
It doesn't work in all blu-ray players. It's an early Criterion blu-ray with worst qualityPublished 7 months ago by Eng Goncalo S P Costa
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Wim Wenders's love for Americana propelled him to collaborate with famed playwright Sam Shepard and the result was the visually... Read more
Great film, even better on Criterion's Blu-Ray. Robby Müller's cinematography and Wim Wenders direction are impeccable.Published 19 months ago by D. Chang
Slow-paced to the point of a two hour twenty minute yawn. Maybe it had some deep meaning when it came out--this tantalizing, vacuous plot development--and maybe it plays well to... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Elmo B.
Of course. you're already aware that the German director, Wim Wenders was part of the German "new cinema" movement back in the 80's and that this film is a prime example. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Karl Weaver