Wenders: Paris, Texas


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Film Info
English Title:Wim Wenders Retrospective: Paris, Texas
Wim Wenders Retrospective
Tags:Road Movie
Release Year:1984
Runtime:148 min
Country/Region:West Germany
Director:Wim Wenders
Producer:Anatole Dauman
Don Guest
Cinematographer:Robby Müller
Editor:Peter Przygodda
Principal Cast:Harry Dean Stanton
Dean Stockwell
Aurore Clément
Hunter Carson
Screenwriter:L.M. Kit Carson (Adaptation)
Sam Shepard


This unconventional road movie is based on a script by Pulitzer Prize winner Sam Shepard and tells the story of Travis (Harry Dean Stanton), a man who wanders out of Mexico and into the blazing heat of Texas’s Big Bend one day. Travis does not speak a word. He also seems to have largely lost his memory. But he is driven by his wish to find his family again: his young wife, Jane (Nastassja Kinski), whose life he seems to have placed in danger through his pathological jealousy, and his seven-year-old son, Hunter (Hunter Carson). For four years, Travis was thought to be dead. His brother, Walt (Dean Stockwell), flies from L.A. to Texas to bring back his lost sibling. Walt and his wife, Ann (Aurore Clément), have become Hunter’s foster parents. It is very difficult for the two of them to now give up this role, especially when they learn that Travis wants to take his son in search of Jane. They know nothing about her, except that she probably lives in Houston...

Paris, Texas is Wenders’s best-known and internationally most successful film. Celebrated by critics, it won a series of important international awards, including the Palme d’Or at Cannes. In addition to impressive performances by Stanton as Travis and Kinski as Jane, a unique soundtrack by Ry Cooder has made it a cult classic.

"[Wender's] best work so far. It is true, deep, and brilliant." - Roger Ebert

"Wonderful, funny and full of real emotion." - The New York Times

"Elides spiritual resonance for human curiosity at every possible turn." - Slant


Wim Wenders is cinema’s preeminent poet of the open road, soulfully following the journeys of people as they search for themselves. During his over-forty-year career, Wenders has directed films in his native Germany and around the globe, making dramas both intense and whimsical, mysteries, fantasies, and documentaries. With this abbreviated retrospective of seven of his films—from early works of the New German Cinema (Alice in the Cities, Kings of the Road) to one of the art-house 1980s blockbuster that made him a household name (Paris, Texas) to the inquisitive nonfiction look at world culture (Buena Vista Social Club)—audiences can rediscover Wenders’s vast cinematic world.