Friday, August 14, 2009
WIM WENDERS b AUG 14 1945
The more opinions you have, the less you see.
i saw the road movies first & each was better than the one before. w/american friend, i thought this guy knows what he's doing. he does too. there is a calm in wender's films, a kind of deliberate pacing that seems determined to let the story reveal itself at its own leisure. there's none of the fassbinder manic energy or herzog's obsessiveness.
oddly, it's always seemed to me that his soul crushing experience w/coppola on the ill fated hammett made him a better director. it definitely opened him up to exploring america & its cinematic possibilities. he's made probably seven films that i think are truly excellent.
i just watched the million dollar hotel(mediocre film that begins w/a good idea but breaks down story-wise about halfway through, which has always been a problem w/wenders) but i haven't been paying much attention to what he's been up to lately. i have looked at his photography, which is very fine indeed. you check out more of it here.