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 done nothing to wash away their enthusiasm. For Paste magazine, Andy Beta calls the movie “breath-catching and heartrending, infused with a humanity rarely captured on celluloid,” remarking that “none of the film’s emotional power has dimmed in the last quarter century.” At Film.com, Christine Champ writes, “Paris, Texas persists as an alluring emotional odyssey with mythical resonance. It’s deserving of cult status, and well worth watching again and again.” This is “one of the great movies of the 1980s and one of the great movies about America,” says Tribeca Film’s Elisabeth Donnelly, who also delves into the release’s supplements, concluding that “this DVD is a fascinating glimpse into the work and guiding serendipity that lead to a profound result.”
Paris, Texas also turned up in T, the New York Times’ style magazine, where Jonathan S. Paul contends that the film wields fashion influence: “After screening this German New Wave tearjerker, you might be surprised to find yourself coveting locally sourced heirloom denim. Paris, Texas isn’t just an epic drama that won the Palme d’Or at Cannes; nowadays it feels curiously in step with the current culture’s ongoing American heritage trip.”
The final word, however, comes from Daryl Loomis at DVD Verdict: “Paris, Texas is a near perfect film in every way . . . Intensely personal and profoundly beautiful, everybody owes it to themselves to see this film, especially given the superiority of Criterion’s set.”
16MAR10: Graham Fuller calls Paris, Texas “the most poetic and bittersweet love letter sent by a European filmmaker to the American West” at The Arts Desk.