|American Friend, The (1977)|
|DVD Release Date:||01/07/2003|
|Running Time:||125 minutes|
Jonathan Zimmerman (Bruno Ganz) is a craftsman. He makes
Ripley finds that the house is being broken into. Turns out to be Raoul Minot (Gerard Blain), a friend from the underworld. Minot
"The American Friend" harkens back to the film noir classics of the past. While it is an homage to those films, "The American Friend" just misses being a great film. It is a very
The film presents several mysteries. Is Jonathan really dying?
Dennis Hopper's take on Ripley is so completely different from Matt Damon's turn in "The Talented Mr. Ripley." I assume this
Wenders's direction is top notch. Some critics complain that the film is too long or too slow. I disagree on both counts. Ganz's
The film's murder scenes are taut set pieces. One takes place on the French metro, while the other takes place on a train to
Wenders was influenced heavily by the directors Sam Fuller and Nicholas Ray. Both directors make the most of their cameo roles as the painter and a mob boss. Gerard Blain is also quite good as the murder broker Minot. Like Ripley, Minot is affected by
"The American Friend" is a wonderfully composed film. The visuals are stunning. The film required multiple viewings to catch
"The American Friend" is presented in three languages at the same time. There are a few French scenes, but the majority of the film switches between English and German. I can't remember a film, which blended so many different languages so well. There is no loss of dialogue. Nice balance between the ranges. The score is composed of an eclectic selection of songs from the 60s and 70s along with Jurgen Kneiper's original material. The music accents Wenders poetic journey to Hell perfectly.
No Easter Eggs Found on Disc.
Great menu design which embraces the bold color scheme of the movie. Easy to navigate. No Easter Eggs found.
The commentary track is one of the best I've heard. Wenders and star Dennis Hopper weave wonderful tales about the making of this movie, and the great cast.
Anchor Bay, once again provides the best talent bios in the DVD universe. There are extensive bios for Wenders, Hopper and Ganz.
The trailer is interesting. There are 30-minutes of deleted scenes with commentary by Wenders. These provide insight into Wenders's style of directing. There are several extended takes in this collection. There are also several scenes with Nicholas Ray.
I'm a die-hard fan of the films of the 70s. "The American Friend" was a major part of the German revolution that took place during the 70s. While Wim Wenders was not the filmmaker that Werner Herzog is, he did a great job with "The American Friend." Ignore the naysayers on this one. "The American Friend" is worth the risk. A rewarding experience for real movie fans.