Paris, Texas

Paris, Texas

DVD - 2009
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After four years' absence, a social dropout reappears in L.A. to claim his abandoned son and then heads to Texas to reunite the boy with his mother.
Publisher: [Irvington, N.Y.] : The Criterion Collection, c2009
Edition: Director-approved special ed
ISBN: 9781604652284
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (145 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet


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Jul 10, 2018

There aren't many films that I'd consider to be idling near perfection, but I would say that about Paris, Texas. In fact, I would call this the best film of the 80s. And yes, I know that's saying a lot considering the movies that were released during that decade. A fantastic score by Ry Cooder, the unparalleled cinematography of Robby Muller, a heart wrenching script by the late-great Sam Shepard, and a beautifully understated performance by the late, legendary Harry Dean Stanton - all pulled together seamlessly by director Wim Wenders- makes this a movie to remember. Even the landscape of the the American southwest and southern California seem to come to life on screen.

Oct 27, 2017

Very beautiful to look at and the acting will knock your socks off...What can you say about my man Harry Dean? Just one of the most under rated actors around, RIP.

All cast is very good, I would'nt use this flick for a parenting guide, but Dean Stockwell and his wife did the best, what with Harry on a walk about...

Ry Cooder is just great on this sound track, what a guitar player. Big influence on another of my heroes, Keith Richards.

Jun 02, 2017

Paris, Texas is that rare thing: a movie of intelligence and beauty and poetry, but also based on emotionally believable characters and a forward-moving, narrative thrust.

May 15, 2017

The opposite of formulaic the story never goes where you think and treats all its main characters with respect.

Marinetti Jan 10, 2017

" Something like a perfect artistic union is achieved in the major components of Paris, Texas: the twang of Ry Cooder's guitar, the lonely light of Robbie Muller's camera, the craggy landscape of Harry Dean Stanton's face. In his greatest role, longtime character actor Stanton plays a man brought back to his old life after wandering in the desert (or somewhere) for four years. He has a 7-year-old son to get to know, and his wife has gone missing. The material is much in the wanderlust spirit of director Wim Wenders, working from a script by Sam Shepard and L.M. Kit Carson. If the long climactic conversation between Stanton and Nastassja Kinski renders the movie uneven and slightly inscrutable, it's hard to think of a more fitting ending--and besides, the achingly empty American spaces stick longer in the memory than the dialogue. Winner of the top prize at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival. " --Robert Horton

Dec 09, 2015

Beautifully understated.

Jul 22, 2015

Beautifully photographed and impeccably acted, German director Wim Wenders’ bittersweet tale of persons in flux and lives reconnecting moves at the pace of a slow heartbeat. But this is strictly European arthouse fare transplanted across the Atlantic with its expressive dialogue and artistic mise en scène conveying a fanciful old world impression of the American heartland—endless highways punctuated by ironic billboards, dusty mesas, and dustier dives, and everywhere ubiquitous images of dreams deferred whether it be a faded mural of the Statue of Liberty or the contrived interiors of a seedy peep show where women perform against backdrops like “Diner”, “Hotel”, and “Poolside”. Even if his Euro sensibilities don’t always fit their southwest settings, Wenders’ understanding of what prods the human soul is universal in scope and haunting in presentation.

aaa5756 Oct 10, 2013

This movie was entertaining and interesting but not one of my favorite for this year. Not too bad---good performance. I fast forwarded a lot but not all the way. Very Slow Moving .

Sep 29, 2013

First, the cons: 1.) Dean Stockwell (Walt) and his wife (Anne) were ridiculously forgiving of their brother's selfish disappearing act, resulting in their rearing of *his* child for four years. 2.) The actual ages of the actors/estranged parents in 1984: Stanton (Travis)---58; and Kinski (Jane)---23. Sorry, folks. That was a preposterous pairing. 3.) Travis was incredibly ungrateful to his brother and his wife, and his kidnapping of what I would consider legally their son is why "Amber Alerts" exist today. That was just cruel, and wrong. Now the pros: A very engaging strange story from Sam Shepard, beautifully coupled with Ry Cooder's acoustic slide guitar score -- truly one of the best scores I've enjoyed of late. (Evidently the man influenced Duane Allman!) Ignoring the infuriating irresponsible parenting, and my picking apart at the above issues, the film is well worth the trip.

May 18, 2013

Too slow. Couldn't get through it.

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aaa5756 Oct 10, 2013

“Things may come to those who wait…but only the things left by those who hustle.” -Abraham Lincoln

Sep 29, 2013

Travis Henderson (crashing in a fleabag motel/laundromat seating area with his son): "This is not a place to bring a fancy woman. Wouldn't you say? If you had a fancy woman, would you bring her in a place like this?" Hunter Henderson: "What's a fancy woman?"


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