Fucky Film Review!

The American Friend

Posted by Web Manager on October 19, 2008

Wim Wenders 1977

From the director of PARIS, TEXAS and WINGS OF DESIRE – loved both. Unlike some friends, the AMERICAN FRIEND will not let you down.  The plot intrigue might be a little thrown together but the characters are clear and fun to watch. Bruno Ganz and Dennis Hopper are great together. That they look and move alike only adds to the strange affinity that develops between the two characters over the course of the film. Also, I’m pretty sure Hopper’s character was the physical basis for the character of Eli Cash in Wes Anderson’s THE ROYAL TENNBAUMS (played by Owen Wilson); the haircut, the eyeglasses, and the cowboy hat are spot on the same.  (geek-out: see also RUSHMORE, where the character of Dirk Calloway’s physical appearance resembles Rene, Antoine Doinelle’s friend in Truffaut’s FOUR HUNDRED BLOWS.)

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