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Re: Wim Wenders

#101 Post by Buttery Jeb » Sat Aug 29, 2015 12:24 pm

criterionsnob wrote:This Janus trailer for the Wenders retrospective includes Pina and The Million Dollar Hotel, which are not part of the current Janus retrospective tour.
It also doesn't showcase Buena Vista Social Club at all, event though it's mentioned on the Janus poster.

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Re: Wim Wenders

#102 Post by Lowry_Sam » Wed Oct 28, 2015 9:22 pm

For those in the SF Bay Area, The Castro Theatre is presenting the new 4K DCPs as double features each Monday in November. From their calendar:
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 retrospective of nine of his films—from early works of the New German Cinema (Alice in the Cities, Kings of the Road) to the art-house 1980s blockbusters that made him a household name (Paris, Texas; Wings of Desire)—audiences can rediscover Wenders’s vast cinematic world. Presented by Janus Films and the Wim Wenders Stiftung.
Nov. 2:

Minutely rendered from Peter Handke's novel, goalkeeper Josef Bloch (Arthur Brauss) kills a young woman for no good reason and wanders off into the German provinces, less to escape the police than to find himself. As Wenders himself has stated, the visual idiom of Alfred Hitchcock’s films provided the model for his debut film. With cameraman Robby Müller and editor Peter Przygodda, he set forth a collaboration that would weld this team together for years. (1971, 100 min, in German with English subtitles, 4K DCP)

After failing to find the Real America, German photojournalist Philip Winter (Rüdiger Vogler, in his first WW film) reluctantly agrees to shepherd abandoned 9-year-old Alice (Yella Rottländer) from New York City to Europe to find her grandmother, located in a remote village. During their search together, their initial mutual dislike gradually transforms into a heartfelt affection. Often compared with Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid, Wenders refers to this as his first film, because it was here that he discovered the genre of the road movie. (1974, 112 min, in German with English subtitles, DCP)
Nov. 9
Bruno (Rüdiger Vogler) repairs film projectors and travels along the inner German border in his truck, child psychologist Robert (Hanns Zischler) is fleeing from his own past. Together, they take an existential journey through a German no-man’s-land, from the Lüneburg Heath to the Bavarian Forest. Wenders began the film without a script and instead scouted a route out beforehand: through all of the little towns along the Wall that still contained a movie theater in this era of cinematic mass extinction. (1976, 175 min, in German with English subtitles, 4K DCP)

In this gripping adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel Ripley’s Game, and unlikely friendship develops between terminally ill frame maker Jonathan Zimmermann (Bruno Ganz) and unscrupulous art smuggler Tom Ripley (Dennis Hopper), who learns of Zimmermann’s illness and exploits it for his own murderous purposes. The cast includes not only fellow directors Hopper and Gérard Blain but also filmmakers in many of the supporting roles of gangsters, such as Hollywood legends Samuel Fuller and Nicholas Ray. (1977, 126 min, in German, English, and French, with English subtitles, 4K DCP)
The detailed calendar ends on the 15th, but the calendar listing for Nov. mentions:

Nov. 16: Paris, Texas & The State Of Things
Nov. 23: Wings Of Desire & Faraway, So Close
Nov. 30: Until The End Of The World (Director's Cut)

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Re: Wim Wenders

#103 Post by gorgeousnothings » Thu Nov 05, 2015 11:52 pm

The Brattle Theatre in Cambridge is showing the retrospective, and one of the screenings is a Wim Wenders Shorts Program that doesn't seem to be listed on the Janus page.
(1968/69) dir Wim Wenders [82 min; DCP]
Includes Wim Wenders’ early short films: SAME PLAYER SHOOTS AGAIN (1968), SILVER CITY REVISITED (1969), POLICE FILM (1969), ALABAMA (2000 LIGHT YEARS) (1969), 3 AMERICAN LPs (1969).
Perhaps if a box set comes out these would be included.

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Re: Wim Wenders

#104 Post by DeprongMori » Wed Dec 02, 2015 2:08 am

Just saw Until the End of the World for the first time last night, on the big screen at the Castro in SF. It was the full 295 minute "director's cut". I suspect this release will be a revelation for people who have seen the film before in a truncated version as this one is projected full frame (1.44:1 from my calculations from the screen grabs). I can't imagine this being matted down to 1.78 or 1.85 as all previous releases have apparently been (even the recent DVD "director's cut"), as the imagery is just gorgeous and the film itself seems perfectly framed with the more open image.

I hope to get some thoughts down soon here on this sprawling film. I don't think it entirely works but is well worth the time and I found it engrossing throughout. The restoration is stunning. And by all means, see it projected on a large screen if you possibly can. So glad I did.

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Re: Wim Wenders

#105 Post by Lost Highway » Wed Aug 02, 2017 3:45 am

For anybody who happens to be in Berlin over the next few months, the Deutsche Kinemathek currently hosts an exhibition on Robby Müller which moved here from Amsterdam. It's small but beautifully curated and well worth it. It made me want to check out Wenders early films again, a couple of which I've never seen.

Unfortunately it's not English friendly but I also got hold of a German blu-ray box set which features 4K restaurantions of all the feature films by Wenders which I care to own. It contains the road trilogy plus The American Friend and The Goalies Anxiety at the Penalty Kick, which I watched last night. Never seen it before because it was previously unavailable due to music clearance issues. Its nihilistic existentialism and possibly problematic take on male/female dynamics are very much of it's time but I enjoyed it a lot and Müllers style, is already on display. They cleared some of the music rights, but in some cases Wenders recorded new songs to be able to rerelease the film, because rights for the likes of Elvis Presley were not affordable. I'll be working my way through the films chronologically.

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Re: Wim Wenders

#106 Post by hearthesilence » Thu Dec 21, 2017 2:24 pm

Posted on the Wenders Foundation's FB page:
Warming-up for the 4K re-release of Wings of Desire in 2018 !
We wish you a peaceful and playful winter break. See you then!

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