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The American Friend
Acclaimed director Wim Wenders, with the help of Dennis Hopper, transforms Patricia Highsmith's novel 'Ripley's Game' into a gripping European noir.
Film noir 1978 121 mins
Director: Wim Wenders
Bruno Ganz plays professional frame maker Jonathan, who has been diagnosed with a terminal blood disease. A chance encounter with the enigmatic Tom Ripley, Dennis Hopper at his most charismatic offers him a way to ensure a stable future for his family. But as Jonathan embarks on his new and dangerous role, Tom questions his motives for involving his new friend.
Superbly shot by his consistent collaborator Robbie Müller, Wim Wenders draws on his love of American cinema and pays homage to the B-movie and Film Noir tradition. The result is one of the finest, most accessible and enthralling films of his career.
- Wim Wenders
- Dennis HopperBruno GanzLisa KreuzerNicholas RaySamuel Fuller
- Film noir
- Federal Republic of Germany
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Film noir 1960 90 mins Director: Jean-Luc Godard
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Film noir 1948 98 mins Director: Akira Kurosawa
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Featuring Bruno Ganz
Horror 1979 107 mins Director: Werner Herzog
English language version of Herzog’s stimulating take on the Dracula story starring Klaus Kinski, with echoes of Murnau’s 1922 Nosferatu.
Directed by Wim Wenders
Drama-documentary 1996 79 mins Director: Wim Wenders
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Documentary 1985 92 mins Director: Wim Wenders
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Animation & Artists Moving Image 1989 81 mins Director: Wim Wenders
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Period drama 1972 90 mins Director: Wim Wenders
Wim Wenders adapts the acclaimed novel in which a Puritan village chastises a young mother for giving birth out of wedlock.
1974 26 mins Director: Wim Wenders
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Drama 2004 124 mins Director: Wim Wenders
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Animation & Artists Moving Image 2017 92 mins Director: Andrew Kötting
Andrew Kötting returns with an emotionally affecting and politically resonant multi-genre adaptation of Hattie Naylor’s play.
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