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Paris, Texas

Wim Wenders

 
Paris, Texas (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • Germany, France, United States
  • 1984
  • 147 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.78:1
  • English
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  • Spine #501

New German Cinema pioneer Wim Wenders (Wings of Desire) brings his keen eye for landscape to the American Southwest in Paris, Texas, a profoundly moving character study written by Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Sam Shepard. Paris, Texas follows the mysterious, nearly mute drifter Travis (a magnificent Harry Dean Stanton, whose face is a landscape all its own) as he tries to reconnect with his young son, living with his brother (Dean Stockwell) in Los Angeles, and his missing wife (Nastassja Kinski). From this simple setup, Wenders and Shepard produce a powerful statement on codes of masculinity and the myth of the American family, as well as an exquisite visual exploration of a vast, crumbling world of canyons and neon.

Credits

DirectorWim Wenders
ProducerDon Guest
Written bySam Shepard
Adaptation byL. M. Kit Carson
Executive producerChris Sievernich
MusicRy Cooder
Director of photographyRobby Müller
EditingPeter Przygodda
Art directorKate Altman

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Wim Wenders, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary featuring Wenders
  • Video interview with Wenders by German journalist Roger Willemsen
  • Excerpts from a 1990 documentary on Wenders, featuring interviews with Wenders, cinematographer Robby Müller, composer Ry Cooder, actors Harry Dean Stanton, Dennis Hopper, Peter Falk, and Hanns Zischler, novelist Patricia Highsmith, and director Samuel Fuller
  • New video interviews with filmmakers Allison Anders and Claire Denis
  • “Wim Wenders Hollywood April ’84,” a segment from the French television program Cinéma cinémas, showing Wenders and Cooder at work on the score
  • Deleted scenes and Super 8 home movies
  • Gallery of Wenders’s location-scouting photos
  • Behind-the-scenes photos by Robin Holland
  • Theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Nick Roddick, interviews with Stanton, writer Sam Shepard, and actors Nastassja Kinski and Dean Stockwell, and excerpts from Wenders’s book of photos Written in the West

    New cover by Neil Kellerhouse

Film Essays

Paris, Texas: On the Road Again

By Nick Roddick January 27, 2010

I have been going to press screenings at the Cannes Film Festival for more than twenty-five years, but only twice have I been absolutely sure—blindingly, heart-racingly certain—that I have just . . . Read more »

Photo Galleries

Figure in a Landscape

November 11, 2014


Photo Galleries


Video


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Chef du Cinema: Paris, Texas

By Ron Deutsch May 26, 2011

Last month, a new art-house theater opened here in Austin, the Violet Crown Cinema. (Our city has several pet names, and one of them is the City of the Violet Crown. Why it’s called that has . . . Read more »


Press Notes

Press Notes: Paris, Texas

February 16, 2010

Wim Wenders’s haunting family drama Paris, Texas has always had particularly ardent admirers. And as evidenced by recent reviews of the Criterion DVD and Blu-ray editions of the film, time has . . . Read more »


Features

Like Flying Blind Without Instruments: On the Turning Point in Paris, Texas

By Wim Wenders January 27, 2010

This piece first appeared in the 1991 Wim Wenders collection The Logic of Images: Essays and Conversation (Faber and Faber), translated by Michael Hofmann. The story’s about a man who turns up . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Paris, Texas: On the Road Again

By Nick Roddick January 27, 2010

I have been going to press screenings at the Cannes Film Festival for more than twenty-five years, but only twice have I been absolutely sure—blindingly, heart-racingly certain—that I have just . . . Read more »