The American Friend (Der amerikanische Freund)

  • Dir: Wim Wenders

  • West Germany / France, 1977, German, English, 126min, DCP

  • Cast: Dennis Hopper, Bruno Ganz, Lisa Kreuzer

The deepness of the colors; the exaggeration of fluorescent lighting and compelling setting; Müller’s visually sumptuous cinematography adds an expressionist dimension to Wenders’ characters and stories in this adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel Ripley’s Game. Yet, in a film noir of criminal and personal triangle involving a middleman and a picture framer who is hired by the French gangster to be a hitman, there’s extraordinary subtlety in the unusual friendship between the cunning American and the unassuming German. A gritty realism reminiscent of a bygone Americana – Nicholas Ray’s cameo, on top of Hopper’s cowboy hat.

German Film Awards: Best Direction and Best Editing




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