The American Friend The American Friend

The American Friend

Wim Wenders

 
The American Friend (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • Germany
  • 1977
  • 126 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • English, French, German
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  • Spine #793

Wim Wenders pays loving homage to rough-and-tumble Hollywood film noir with The American Friend, a loose adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel Ripley’s Game. Dennis Hopper oozes quirky menace as an amoral American art dealer who entangles a terminally ill German everyman, played by Bruno Ganz, in a seedy criminal underworld as revenge for a personal slight—but when the two become embroiled in an ever-deepening murder plot, they form an unlikely bond. Filmed on location in Hamburg and Paris, with some scenes shot in grimy, late-seventies New York City, Wenders’s international breakout is a stripped-down crime story that mixes West German and American film flavors, and it features cameos by filmmakers Jean Eustache, Samuel Fuller, and Nicholas Ray.

Cast

Tom RipleyDennis Hopper
Jonathan ZimmermannBruno Ganz
Raoul Minot Gérard Blain
Pogash/DerwattNicholas Ray
The AmericanSamuel Fuller
IgrahamDaniel Schmid
Friendly manJean Eustache
Marianne ZimmermannLisa Kreuzer
MarcangeloPeter Lilienthal
DoctorSandy Whitelaw
RodolpheLou Cassel

Credits

DirectorWim Wenders
Screenplay byWim Wenders
Based upon the novel Ripley’s Game byPatricia Highsmith
Produced byWim Wenders and Renée Gundelach
Director of photographyRobby Müller
EditorPeter Przygodda
Music byJürgen Knieper
Production designHeidi Lüdi and Toni Lüdi
Special effects byTheo Nischwitz
SongsThe Kinks

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED EDITION:

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, commissioned by the Wim Wenders Stiftung | A Foundation and supervised by director Wim Wenders, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2002 featuring Wenders and actor Dennis Hopper
  • New interview with Wenders
  • New interview with actor Bruno Ganz
  • Deleted scenes with audio commentary by Wenders
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by author Francine Prose

    New cover by Michael Boland

Film Essays

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The American Friend: Little Lies and Big Disasters

By Francine Prose January 12, 2016

In German filmmaker Wim Wenders’s high-strung thriller, adapted from two Patricia Highsmith novels, Dennis Hopper plays sociopathic con man Tom Ripley as a “hopped-up elf from hell” who works . . . Read more »

Clippings

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A Robby Müller Retrospective

June 09, 2016

Dutch cinematographer Robby Müller has given us some of the most transcendent images ever captured on-screen. Since beginning his career in the late sixties, he has lensed a wealth of indelible . . . Read more »


On Five

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Wim Wenders: Songs from Along the Road

June 07, 2016

“One of the discoveries of the road movies was not only that you could travel and work and make a film at the same time, and improvise it, but that rock and roll could also be, in the true . . . Read more »


Video

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Wim Wenders on Dennis Hopper

January 14, 2016

For the lead role of Tom Ripley in Wim Wenders’s The American Friend, a melancholy neonoir that fused Wenders’s New German sensibility with classic Hollywood drama, the director needed an actor . . . Read more »


Photo Galleries


Film Essays

American_friend_for_essay_thumbnail

The American Friend: Little Lies and Big Disasters

By Francine Prose January 12, 2016

In German filmmaker Wim Wenders’s high-strung thriller, adapted from two Patricia Highsmith novels, Dennis Hopper plays sociopathic con man Tom Ripley as a “hopped-up elf from hell” who works . . . Read more »


Big Screen

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Repertory Pick: Catherine at the Charles

November 12, 2015

What better way is there to spend an afternoon than by indulging in the surreal pleasures of Luis Buñuel? Well, this Saturday, Baltimore's historic Charles Theatre is presenting a matinée . . . Read more »

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