Der Amerikanische Freund (The American Friend) (1977)
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Wim Wenders' mines Dennis Hopper's real-life experience as a painter and collector in this existential take on the American gangster film based on a Patricia Highsmith novel featuring the notoriously sociopathic Tom Ripley. Hopper stars as the eponymous American, currently a middleman selling the work of American painter Derwatt (Nicholas Ray), who has feigned his own death to increase the value of his paintings. While auctioning this work in Berlin, he meets art restorer Jonathan Zimmerman
Sep 29, 1977 Limited
Jan 7, 2003
New Yorker Films
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Superb adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's novel Ripley's Game, with Hopper as her amiably cynical hero.
There's something cheerfully perverse about filming a thriller and then tossing out the parts that would help it make sense, but Wim Wenders has a certain success with the method.
Gripping 1977 American thriller from Wim Wenders that turns back on itself with deadly European irony.
By refusing to explain Ripley, this gets closer to Highsmith's character than any other film version.
A gripping Hitchockian thriller based on a novel by Patricia Highsmith.
Moody and intriguing, this is one of Wenders' most accessible films, effective as a Hitchockian thriller (Strangers on a Train), existential character study, and allegory about the corruptible yet irrevrsible impact of American pop culture on Germany.
Enquanto Hopper cria um Tom Ripley inacreditavelmente ridículo, Ganz rouba o filme, que conta com uma direção irregular de Wenders.
One of those movies that offers a nice viewing experience, but it definitely plays better when you're watching than when you sit down for analysis.
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