Wim Wenders

Wim Wenders

  • Highest Rated: 100% National Bird (2016)
  • Lowest Rated: 21% Submergence (2018)
  • Birthday: Aug 14, 1945
  • Birthplace: Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
  • Born in Dusseldorf just after the end of World War II, German film director Wim Wenders grew up with an insatiable appetite for American movies. Not all that interested in big-budget products, he, instead, developed a fascination with B-movies, notably melodramas and Westerns. After studying Medicine and Philosophy in his native country, Wenders took up art in Paris (a mecca for viewing American films), and then returned to his homeland to attend Munich's Academy of Film and Television. Like many of his French movie-fan brethren, Wenders began his career writing film criticism before directing a few short subjects of his own, and, in 1970, he and several other young filmmakers formed a production-distribution firm, Filmverlag Der Autoren. Summer in the City (1970) was Wenders' first feature film, but it was his 1973 adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter that first brought him attention outside of Germany. The film included many accomplishments, most notably coaxing a superb performance from Senta Berger as Hester Prynne, and managing to make the landscapes of Spain resemble 17th century New England. At this point, Wenders began his road movie cycle, inspired by such American pictures as Easy Rider (1970) and Two-Lane Blacktop (1971). Three films in this genre followed in quick succession: Alice in the Cities (1974), The Wrong Move (1975), and Kings of the Road (1976). For his first English-language picture, The American Friend (1977), Wenders cast three of his American movie idols: actor Dennis Hopper (director/star of Easy Rider) and "cult" directors Nicholas Ray (Rebel Without a Cause) and Samuel Fuller (The Steel Helmet). Wenders would later co-direct Lightning Over Water (1980) with Ray. Wenders' American-financed films Hammett (1980) and Paris, Texas (1983) were remarkable in their evocation of time and place, and the director could certainly have continued quite satisfactorily in Hollywood. However, he seemed to prefer activity in Europe, even though he was always one step ahead of his creditors -- especially when running his own studio, Gray City. Wenders' return to German filmmaking was rewarded in 1987 with the release of Der Himmel Über Berlin, or Wings of Desire. The story of an angel who wants to become human after finding earthly love met with an enthusiastic international response, culminating in a slew of honors for Wenders (including a 1987 Cannes Best Director award, a 1988 European Film Academy award for Best Director, and a host of awards from the New York Film Critics Circle) and an eventual 1998 American remake, City of Angels. In the 1990s, Wenders' love of on-the-road location filming was again manifested in such films as Until the End of the World (1991) (filmed on four continents and designed to be "the ultimate road movie"), and Faraway, So Close (1993), a marathon experience (which originally ran 164 minutes) wherein an angel wanders about to observe the changing scene in a newly unified Germany. In 1995, Wenders made a road movie of a different sort with Par-Dela les Nuages/Beyond the Clouds, which he co-directed with legendary Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni. Set in various European countries, the film explored the vagaries of love and lust through the experiences of several principle characters. Receiving decidedly mixed reviews, it differed strongly from Wenders' next effort, Die Gebrüder Sklandanowsky/A Trick of the Light, a 1996 historical tribute to some of the more neglected developers of moving picture technology. Wenders returned to the States the following year with The End of Violence, a film that explored the effects of violence on the intertwining of people's lives. Featuring Bill Pullman, Andie McDowell, and Gabriel Byrne, it was not a great commercial or critical success, but Wenders did win acclaim the following year for The Buena Vista Social Club. A documentary about Cuban music, the film was the result of a successful collaboration between Wenders and musi

Highest Rated Movies

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No Score Yet Waiting for the Miracle to Come Actor 2019
82% Pope Francis - A Man of His Word Screenwriter Director 2018
21% Submergence Producer 2018
No Score Yet Living the Light Actor 2018
100% National Bird Executive Producer $10.5K 2016
90% Our Last Tango (Un Tango Más) Executive Producer $100.4K 2016
30% The Beautiful Days of Aranjuez Screenwriter Producer Director 2016
No Score Yet Dennis Hopper: Uneasy Rider Actor 2016
No Score Yet Cathedrals Of Culture Director 2015
95% The Salt of the Earth Actor Executive Producer Director Screenwriter $0.8M 2015
90% A Fuller Life Actor 2014
92% Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction Actor 2013
43% Sing Me the Songs That Say I Love You: A Concert for Kate McGarrigle Executive Producer 2013
No Score Yet Aufzeichnungen zu Kleidern und Städten (Notebook on Cities and Clothes) Director 2013
95% Pina Director Screenwriter Producer $3.6M 2011
No Score Yet Viel passiert - Der BAP-Film (Ode to Cologne: A Rock 'N' Roll Film) Screenwriter Director 2011
80% The Story Of Film: An Odyssey Actor 2011
No Score Yet Yi ye Taibei (Au revoir Taipei) Producer 2010
No Score Yet If Buildings Could Talk Director 2010
29% The Open Road Executive Producer 2009
No Score Yet What Do You Know About Me? (Di me cosa ne sai) Actor 2009
No Score Yet 8 Director 2009
No Score Yet What Do You Know About Me? Actor 2009
No Score Yet Palermo Shooting Director Screenwriter Producer 2008
No Score Yet Invisibles Director 2007
No Score Yet One Who Set Forth: Wim Wenders' Early Years Actor 2007
No Score Yet The House Is Burning Producer 2006
43% Don't Come Knocking Executive Producer Director $0.4M 2006
67% Edgar G. Ulmer: The Man Off-Screen Actor 2005
No Score Yet Janela da Alma Actor 2004
62% Land of Plenty Director Screenwriter 2004
60% Tokyo-Ga Actor Director Producer Screenwriter 2003
No Score Yet The Soul of a Man Screenwriter Director 2003
86% Ten Minutes Older Director Screenwriter 2002
No Score Yet Fassbinder in Hollywood Actor 2002
No Score Yet Martin Scorsese Presents: The Blues: A Musical Journey Director 2002
25% The Million Dollar Hotel Director Producer 2000
91% Buena Vista Social Club Director 1999
No Score Yet Willie Nelson: Teatro Director 1999
29% The End of Violence Producer Director 1997
No Score Yet Lisbon Story Director Screenwriter 1997
100% Lumière and Company Actor 1996
No Score Yet Trick of the Light (Die Gebrüder Skladanowsky) Director 1996
No Score Yet A Trick of Light (Gebrüder Skladanowsky, Die) Producer Screenwriter Director 1995
67% Beyond the Clouds Director Screenwriter Executive Producer 1995
58% Faraway, So Close! (In weiter Ferne, so nah!) Screenwriter Producer Director 1993
88% Until the End of the World (Bis ans Ende der Welt) Director Screenwriter 1992
No Score Yet Red Hot + Blue: A Tribute to Cole Porter Director 1991
No Score Yet Notebook on Cities and Clothes Screenwriter Producer Director Himself 1991
No Score Yet Helsinki Napoli All Night Long (Helsinki-Naples All Night Long) Gas Station Attendant= 1987
98% Wings of Desire Screenwriter Director Producer 1987
No Score Yet Room 666 (Chambre 666) Director Actor 1985
97% Paris, Texas Director 1984
80% Hammett Director Screenwriter 1982
40% The State of Things Screenwriter Director 1982
No Score Yet Radio On Producer 1980
67% Lightning Over Water Wim Wenders Director Screenwriter 1980
91% Der Amerikanische Freund (The American Friend) Producer Screenwriter Director Bandaged Man 1977
No Score Yet The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick (Die Angst des Tormanns beim Elfmeter) Director Screenwriter Man in Bus Station 1977
No Score Yet Falsche Bewegung Screenwriter Man in Dining Car Director 1975
100% Kings of the Road (Im Lauf der Zeit) Screenwriter Producer 1975
67% Wrong Move (Falsche Bewegung) Director 1975
100% Alice in den Städten (Alice in the Cities) Screenwriter Man by Jukebox Director 1974
No Score Yet Der Scharlachrote Buchstabe (The Scarlet Letter) Director 1973
No Score Yet Summer in the City Director Screenwriter Producer 1970
No Score Yet Same Player Shoots Again Screenwriter Director Producer 1968

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No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
Executive Producer
  • 2017

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