Der Amerikanische Freund (The American Friend) Reviews

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February 15, 2018
... only a filmmaker as humane as [director Wim Wenders] could recognize there's no way out of the story's moral corruption.
May 5, 2017
An absorbing but rarefied, introspective variation on traditional thrilleer motifs, it's probably not the synthetis between the personal and traditional that Wenders needs but it's a fascinating compulsively watchable experiment.
February 9, 2006
Superb adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's novel Ripley's Game, with Hopper as her amiably cynical hero.
October 23, 2004
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.
January 1, 2000
Gripping 1977 American thriller from Wim Wenders that turns back on itself with deadly European irony.
March 30, 2017
The cool, cunning sociopath of Highsmith's novel becomes a restless international hustler, selling art forgeries and brokering deals (some of which may actually be legal) while travelling back and forth through Germany, France, and the United States.
February 6, 2016
Most Highsmith adaptations have turned out to be satisfying movies -- the earliest example being Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train and the most recent being Carol -- and this one's no exception.
January 27, 2016
Although it is a thriller by genre, Wenders is clearly interested in things beyond the mechanics of Ripley's manipulations and Zimmermann's desperation
January 22, 2016
Wim Wenders's psychologically complex, beautifully stylized international breakthrough arrives in a richly outfitted Blu-ray package from Criterion.
June 4, 2015
Crafty and beguiling and unexpectedly smart about people.
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