The American Friend

The American Friend

DVD - 2016
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A young picture framer thinks that he has terminal disease and is set up to become a hired assassin in West Germany because of the lure of quick money.
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] : The Criterion Collection, [2016]
Edition: Director approved two-DVD special edition
ISBN: 9781681430980
1681430983
Branch Call Number: MOVIE AME
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1,rda
digital,optical,5.1 surround,Dolby digital,rda
2 videodiscs (126 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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Nursebob
Dec 07, 2017

Less pretentious than "Wings of Desire" but just as meandering, Wim Wenders’ stab at “noir lite” is a road movie without a map, a buddy flick without any friends, and a gangster film with no good guys in sight. Nicely lit and tinted (apparently Wenders and cinematographer Robby Müller were inspired by American painter Edward Hopper) "The American Friend" is definitely appealing to the eye and aside from Dennis Hopper’s mechanical performance everyone else puts on a good show including a host of fellow directors playing bad guys (Samuel Fuller?!). But if there is any point to the film it is obscured by arty detours, abrupt edits (which city are we in now?), and pacing that slows to a crawl except for two memorable scenes: one in a Paris metro station where Zimmerman stalks his first victim and the other on a speeding train. What motivates Zimmerman is made clear—he wants the money. But Wenders’ attempts to expound on the psychological fallout from his actions make for some frustratingly murky cinema full of U-turns and dead ends.

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megaculpa
Nov 20, 2017

So incoherent that, as the film progresses, it becomes comic instead of dramatic. What happens when film-makers begin shooting without a solid screenplay.

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TheeAvebury
May 26, 2017

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 irreversible impact of American pop culture on Germany.

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