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One of the influential directors responsible for the New Wave of cinema in Europe, Wim Wenders is celebrated here with three films; THE AMERICAN FRIEND, LIGHTNING OVER WATER, and NOTEBOOK ON CITIES AND CLOTHES.

The American Friend:

Tom Ripley (Dennis Hopper) is an American sociopath who sells forged paintings in Germany. Jonathan Zimmermann (Bruno Ganz of WINGS OF DESIRE and NOSFERATU) is an idealistic art restorer dying from a rare blood disease.But when Ripley arranges for the desperate family man to carry out a high-paying mob hit,the two forge an uneasy bond steeped in deceit, corruption and cold-blooded murder in the riveting thriller that The Boston Phoenix called “the best- acted, most beautifully photographed and most exciting work of the New German Cinema yet to be shown in this country.”

Lightning Over Water:

In 1979, award-winning German filmmaker Wim Wenders (THE AMERICAN FRIEND, WINGS OF DESIRE) traveled to New York City to make a movie with legendary American auteur Nicholas Ray as he lay dying of terminal cancer. Surrounded by family and friends, the director of such Hollywood classics as REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE, JOHNNY GUITAR and THEY LIVE BY NIGHT reflects on a career of triumphs and compromises as he faces his final days with hope, humor and the fierce independent spirit that defined his greatest works. Together, Ray and Wenders create a film that is more than a documentary, telling an extraordinarily moving story about collaboration that goes beyond friendship, and ultimately, a life in cinema that transcends death itself. This is LIGHTNING OVER WATER.

Notebooks On Cities And Clothes:

In 1989, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris asked director Wim Wenders (WINGS OF DESIRE, THE AMERICAN FRIEND) to create a film about the world of fashion. Initially resistant to the idea, Wenders soon became fascinated by the craft and philosophy of Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto as he prepared his new season’s collections. From the streets and studios of Tokyo to the boulevards and catwalks of Paris, Wenders uncovers the essence of Yamamoto’s work while exploring the enigma of style, the language of images and the very nature of human identity. The result is an extraordinary examination of both fashion and cinema as a way of life carried along only by a unique vision and vivid curiosity.

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