Paris, Texas


Wim Wenders' instant classic has improved with age

Hailed as a classic on release, Paris, Texas has improved with age. From its austere beginning to its devastating ending, this seemingly slight story grips like an intense thriller.

Harry Dean Stanton, in a career-defining role, stumbles out of the desert with no memory, and sets about rekindling his relationship with his son and searching for his estranged wife.

That’s about it plot-wise but there is so much else going on, from cinematography that turns America into a landscape stranger than any sci-fi and Ry Cooder’s classic score to the elegant simplicity and frankness of Sam Shepard’s writing.

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