The American Friend (1977)
Jonathan Zimmermann, a picture framer in Hamburg is diagnosed as having leukemia. Ripley, an American art dealer who deals in forgeries... (imdb)
Cast and Information
Directed By: Wim Wenders
Written By: Wim Wenders, Patricia Highsmith
Starring: Dennis Hopper, Samuel Fuller, Bruno Ganz, Lou Castel, Nicholas Ray, Gérard Blain, Jean Eustache, Daniel Schmid, Enzo Robutti, Rudolf Schündler, Lisa Kreuzer, Peter Lilienthal
Genres: Drama, Suspense/Thriller, Crime, Mystery
AKA: Der Amerikanische Freund
Country: France, West Germany
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Not especially interesting, but not boring, either. I thought the first hour could have been trimmed down to a half-hour without losing much.
I really liked the movie. The atmosphere of suspense and nostalgia are present all the time. Bruno Ganz is great in the role of Jonathan, as well as Dennis Hoper (Ripley) ... the film works well across the web of murder and internal conflicts (for both, Jonathan and Ripley) ... But for the film work for those who read the book, is best forget the Ripley's Highsmith ... there are striking differences between them.
Slowly drew me in, with its calm and collected pacing that's helped even by the more restrained than usual Hopper, and it hits hard and successfully during the quietly exciting moments. This is a moody and meditative assassin film, plus the dreary imagery that's often punctuated by neon lighting is delightfully '70s.
Very slow at first, but once it gets going it's an excellent, intense, colorfully shot, and very European neo-noir. Some scenes have a Melville-like mood to them, especially in the long assassination scene in the metro, with Wenders melancholic existentialism from 'Paris, Texas' and 'Im Lauf der Zeit' creeping in, with Hopper and Ganz showing intense, beautiful chemistry together.
An 'artsier' take on a Highsmith novel than, say, Hitchock's "Stranger on a Train". Interesting visual approach (some stunning set pieces), interesting character development (intriguing interpretations of the novel's characters), interesting performances (both Hopper and Ganz are strong in their portrayals). 'Interesting', however, doesn't immediately equal consistently engrossing or satisfying. While I enjoyed Wenders' vision and visuals, I was somewhat underwhelmed by his storytelling skills.
Stunningly directed thriller sets up its pieces very slowly and deliberately (perhaps too much so) for the first third, but it emerges as an exciting, unsettling experience. Hopper is perfect as an enigmatic, subtly sinister Ripley, and Ganz matches him as the tortured hero. Oddball touches by Wenders especially in the colour scheme and eccentric camera angles, makes this a fascinating film, and very much rooted in the art house cinema of the 70s. Far superior to the 90s-00s Ripley films.
Cool setting i.e. time and place, but it doesn't go anywhere and I mean anywhere. Try it and if you aren't loving the ride feel free to bail cause the ending last 3rd wimps out.
This may be slow moving, but it's incredibly well made, and credits the audience with intelligence, refusing to spoon-feed us. The result makes for a very shrewd, satisfying thriller.
Atmosphere heavy, with beautiful, absorbing shots. The irony of a man who's life is based around framing other's art, and yet desperate to find any deeper connection from his picture, painted surroundings. Although time is the true menace for his choices, Hopper's character is the precise contrast that such a protagonist needs to carry on. Perhaps the most beautiful, thriller, assassination film (if that can be put together) for it's time.
|Average Percentile 65.13% from 719 Ratings|