The American Friend 美國朋友(1977) DVD
  • DirectorWim Wenders
  • CastDennis Hopper, Bruno Ganz, Nicholas Ray, Samuel Fuller, Lisa Kreuzer
  • Film Genre German Cinema
  • CountryUK
  • Language German
  • Subtitle English
  • Runtime121mins
  • Disc1
  • FormatDVD
  • RegionDVD REGION 2
  • Weight(kg)0.13kg
  • ISBN5060126870234
Regular PriceHK$114

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The American Friend 美國朋友(1977) DVD

The American Friend 美國朋友 (1977)

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A thriller that's nearly devoid of thrills? That's not a complaint--it's what makes The American Friend one of the most stylish (and at the time most expensive) films to emerge from the new German cinema of the 1970s. Loosely adapting Patricia Highsmith's mystery novel Ripley's Game, director Wim Wenders shifted priority from plotting to character, emphasising a richly colourful and atmospheric approach to locations in Hamburg, where a picture-framer (Bruno Ganz) is lured into an assassination scheme involving a mysterious Frenchman (Gerard Blain) and the titular American friend, Tom Ripley (played by Dennis Hopper, a far cry from either Matt Damon's portrayal of the same character in The Talented Mr Ripley or John Malkovich's in the 2003 version of Ripley's Game). The plotting is vague to the point of irrelevance; Wenders prefers to maintain the aura of mystery rather than generating any conventional suspense and expresses his affection for American movies by casting favourite directors Nicholas Ray and Samuel Fuller in pivotal supporting roles. The result is an intoxicating example of cinematic cross-pollination.