Directed by Wim Wenders
Cinematography by Robby Müller
Written by Sam Shepard
Editing by Peter Przygodda
Music by Ry Cooder
Cast: Harry Dean Stanton, Nastassja Kinski, Dean Stockwell, Aurore Clément, Hunter Carson
Running time: 147 minutes
Following our screening of Shepard & Dark, we are pleased to present Sam Shepard and Wim Wenders’ classic Paris, Texas, filmed in Houston. The film is one of Wim Wenders’ most critically acclaimed and successful movies, winning a number of international prizes including the Palme d’Or for Best Film in 1984.
A haunting road movie, with screenplay by the acclaimed playwright Sam Shepard, Paris, Texas tells the tale of Travis, a man lost in his own private hell. Presumed dead for four years, he reappears from the desert on the Mexico border, world-weary and an amnesiac. He traces his brother Walt, who is bringing up Hunter, his seven-year-old son, whom Travis abandoned at Walt’s door several years before. As virtual strangers, Hunter and Travis begin to build a wary friendship and conspire to find Travis’ wife Jane and bring her back to be a real family.
In his 1984 review, Roger Ebert said of the film, “Paris, Texas is a movie with the kind of passion and willingness to experiment that was more common fifteen years ago than it is now. It has more links with films like Five Easy Pieces,
Easy Rider and Midnight Cowboy, than with the slick arcade games that are the box-office winners of the 1980s. It is
true, deep, and brilliant.”
With extraordinary performances from Harry Dean Stanton (subject of another 2013 HCAF film, Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction) as Travis and Natassja Kinski as Jane, the film also boasts a soundtrack by Ry Cooder, ideally suited to the film’s sun-bleached landscapes and melancholy undertones.