The American Friend

The American Friend
  • 1977
  • West Germany / France
  • 2h 3min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Wim Wenders
  • Written by: Wim Wenders
  • Cast: Dennis Hopper, Bruno Ganz
  • Language: German, English

Based on the Patricia Highsmith novel 'Ripley's Game', this excellent, existentialist 'film noir' centres on an alienated Hopper at large in Germany, where his task is to locate and motivate a killer without a track record. He finds his hired man in the innocent Ganz, but loses his sense of identity in the process. Stirring stuff, with all that eloquent desolation that typifies Wenders' work.

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Wenders season offers insight into world of major film figure

10 Jun 2008

The GFT's Wim Wenders season consists of five of the director's most well known films: Kings of the Road, The American Friend, Paris, Texas, Wings of Desire and tonight’s film Alice in the Cities made in 1974.

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