Lightning Over Water (1980)
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as Nicholas Ray
as Wim Wenders
as Gerry Bamman
as Ronee Blakley
as Pierre Cottrell
as Tom Farrell
as Becky Johnston
as Edward Lachman
as Craig Nelson
as Martin Schafer
as Chris Sievernich
Critic Reviews for Lightning Over Water
Even with its painful contradictions and discomfitures, it's that current rarity: one for the heart.
Lightning Over Water is chaotic, emotionally and esthetically.
A poignant and often painful film in which Wenders and the terminally ill Ray attempt to make a film together in the last days before Ray's death in 1979.
Unquestionably the worst movie of Wim Wenders' career and indeed one of the worst movies ever made...
Audience Reviews for Lightning Over Water
"Lightning over Water" is an intriguing documentary/fiction hybrid that begins with a jetlagged Wim Wenders arriving in New York to help his friend and hero Nicholas Ray complete one last film before he succumbs to lung cancer which he is in the painful final stages of. So while those preparations are being made, occasionally a handheld Super 8 camera is used to show the film crew working behind the scenes. While digressive at times, especially one sequence involving rehearsals for a Chekhov play, "Lightning over Water" has some very good thoughts on the subject of mortality and how truly inescapable it is. Not only that but the movie is also concerned with the changes that go along with the passage of time like when Ray and his crew travel to Vassar, now co-ed, to screen one of his old films. Plus, we are also treated to a neat view of bygone New York City, circa 1979.
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