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AFS Presents: Wim Wenders’ THE AMERICAN FRIEND starring Dennis Hopper
January 28, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - January 31, 2016 @ 4:00 pm
Part of our Wim Wenders: Portraits of the Road series, an eleven-film retrospective running January through February at the Marchesa. More info and tickets here: https://austinfilm.org/wimwenders
THE AMERICAN FRIEND screens twice:
Friday, January 29, 8 PM
Sunday, January 31, 4 PM
Directed by Wim Wenders
West Germany, 1977, DCP, 125 min
In German, English and French with English Subtitles
Wim Wender’s adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel “Ripley’s Game.” Jonathan Zimmermann (Bruno Ganz) believes that he will soon die of leukemia. The unscrupulous American Tom Ripley (Dennis Hopper) learns of this and exploits Zimmermann’s illness for his own purposes. He introduces Jonathan to the underworld figure Minot (Gérard Blain), who offers to hire the terminally ill man as a professional hit man. He is to be paid appropriately for his work and thus enabled to leave something behind for his wife (Lisa Kreuzer) and their child. What does he have to lose, since he is going to die anyway? A friendship develops between the two very different men, and this ultimately leads Ripley to intervene when Zimmermann proves incapable of carrying out an additional murder.