PARIS, TEXAS

by Wim Wenders
PARIS, TEXAS - PARIS, TEXAS

Informations

Nation: Germany, France, UK

Year: 1984

Length: 145'

35° TORINO FILM FESTIVAL

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Synopsis

Vagabond Travis is found wandering in the desert, alone and thirsty, by his brother Walt, who takes him back to Los Angeles. There, he sees his young son Hunter, whom he had abandoned years earlier. He learns that his ex-wife, Jane, whom he divorced but never got over, deposits a sum of money every month in a bank in Houston for their child. Travis takes his son with him and goes in search of his wife. He finds her in a peep-show in Texas, where the woman has become a prostitute. When Jane recognizes him, the two clear up just why their love ended and he gives little Hunter back to her before taking off on his own again. 

Director

Wim Wenders

Wim Wenders

Wim Wenders (Düsseldorf, Germany, 1945) is considered one of the most influential and innovative filmmakers alive. Over the decades, he grappled with themes like travel and loss (Alice in the Cities, Wrong Move, Kings of the Road, and Until the End of the World), the exploration of humanity (Wings of Desire, Faraway, So Close!, and The State of Things), the discovery of beauty (Buena Vista Social Club), pain and illness (The American Friend, Paris, Texas, and Million Dollar Hotel), and cinema (Nick’s Movie - Lightning Over Water, and The State of Things). He has received some of the most prestigious awards (including the Honorary Golden Bear from the 2015 Berlin Film Festival) and, in 2007, the Torino Film Festival paid tribute to his career in its retrospective section.

Filmography:
Die Angst des Tormanns beim Elfmeter (Prima del calcio di rigore, 1971), Alice in den Städten (Alice nelle città, 1974), Falsche Bewegung (Falso movimento, 1975), Im Lauf der Zeit (Nel corso del tempo, 1976), Der Americkanische Freund (L’amico americano, 1977), Nick’s Movie - Lightning Over Water (Nick’s Movie - Lampi sull’acqua, doc., 1980), Der Stand der Dinge (Lo stato delle cose, 1982), Der Himmel über Berlin (Il cielo sopra Berlino, 1987), Bis ans Ende der Welt (Fino alla fine del mondo, 1991), Lisbon Story (id., 1994), The End of Violence (Crimini invisibili, 1997), Buena Vista Social Club (id., 1999), The Million Dollar Hotel (id., 1999), Land of Plenty (La terra dell’abbondanza, 2004), Pina (doc., 2011), The Salt of the Earth (Il sale della terra, doc., 2014), Submergence (id., 2017).

Cast and Credits

regia/director
Wim Wenders
soggetto, sceneggiatura/story, screenplay
Sam Shepard, Wim Wenders
fotografia/cinematography
Robby Müller
montaggio/film editing
Peter Przygodda
scenografia/production design
Kate Altman
costumi/costume design
Birgitta Bjerke
musica/music
Ry Cooder
suono/sound
Dominique Auvray
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Harry Dean Stanton (Travis Henderson), Nastassja Kinski (Jane Henderson), Dean Stockwell (Walt Henderson), Aurore Clément (Anne Henderson), Hunter Carson (Hunter Henderson), Bernhard Wicki (Dr. Ulmer), Socorro Valdez (Carmelita), Justin Hogg (Hunter a 3 anni/at 3), John Lurie («Slater»), Jeni Vici («Stretch»), Sally Norvell («Nurse Bibs»)
produttore/producer
Don Guest
produzione/production
Road Movies Filmproduktion GmbH, Argos Film, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Channel 4, Pro-Ject Film

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Vagabond Travis is found wandering in the desert, alone and thirsty, by his brother Walt, who takes him back to Los Angeles. There, he sees his young son Hunter, whom he had abandoned years earlier. He learns that his ex-wife, Jane, whom he divorced but never got over, deposits a sum of money every month in a bank in Houston for their child. Travis takes his son with him and goes in search of his wife. He finds her in a peep-show in Texas, where the woman has become a prostitute. When Jane recognizes him, the two clear up just why their love ended and he gives little Hunter back to her before taking off on his own again. 

Director All about direction

Wim Wenders

Wim Wenders

Wim Wenders (Düsseldorf, Germany, 1945) is considered one of the most influential and innovative filmmakers alive. Over the decades, he grappled with themes like travel and loss (Alice in the Cities, Wrong Move, Kings of the Road, and Until the End of the World), the exploration of humanity (Wings of Desire, Faraway, So Close!, and The State of Things), the discovery of beauty (Buena Vista Social Club), pain and illness (The American Friend, Paris, Texas, and Million Dollar Hotel), and cinema (Nick’s Movie - Lightning Over Water, and The State of Things). He has received some of the most prestigious awards (including the Honorary Golden Bear from the 2015 Berlin Film Festival) and, in 2007, the Torino Film Festival paid tribute to his career in its retrospective section.

Filmography:
Die Angst des Tormanns beim Elfmeter (Prima del calcio di rigore, 1971), Alice in den Städten (Alice nelle città, 1974), Falsche Bewegung (Falso movimento, 1975), Im Lauf der Zeit (Nel corso del tempo, 1976), Der Americkanische Freund (L’amico americano, 1977), Nick’s Movie - Lightning Over Water (Nick’s Movie - Lampi sull’acqua, doc., 1980), Der Stand der Dinge (Lo stato delle cose, 1982), Der Himmel über Berlin (Il cielo sopra Berlino, 1987), Bis ans Ende der Welt (Fino alla fine del mondo, 1991), Lisbon Story (id., 1994), The End of Violence (Crimini invisibili, 1997), Buena Vista Social Club (id., 1999), The Million Dollar Hotel (id., 1999), Land of Plenty (La terra dell’abbondanza, 2004), Pina (doc., 2011), The Salt of the Earth (Il sale della terra, doc., 2014), Submergence (id., 2017).

Cast and Credits Discover the cast of the film

regia/director
Wim Wenders
soggetto, sceneggiatura/story, screenplay
Sam Shepard, Wim Wenders
fotografia/cinematography
Robby Müller
montaggio/film editing
Peter Przygodda
scenografia/production design
Kate Altman
costumi/costume design
Birgitta Bjerke
musica/music
Ry Cooder
suono/sound
Dominique Auvray
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Harry Dean Stanton (Travis Henderson), Nastassja Kinski (Jane Henderson), Dean Stockwell (Walt Henderson), Aurore Clément (Anne Henderson), Hunter Carson (Hunter Henderson), Bernhard Wicki (Dr. Ulmer), Socorro Valdez (Carmelita), Justin Hogg (Hunter a 3 anni/at 3), John Lurie («Slater»), Jeni Vici («Stretch»), Sally Norvell («Nurse Bibs»)
produttore/producer
Don Guest
produzione/production
Road Movies Filmproduktion GmbH, Argos Film, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Channel 4, Pro-Ject Film