september, 2017

thu28sep8:30 pmPARIS, TEXAS8:30 pm

Event Details

Dir: Wim Wenders | 145-mins. | USA | 1984 | Tribute!

On September 15th, the world lost a legend — Mr. Harry Dean Stanton. We like to think he straddled Cassini and both rode out in a glorious denouement. Many months ago, our programming team chose LUCKY to close out this year’s festival and now, it seems more poignant than ever because it is Stanton’s final film performance. As a loving tribute, we added PARIS, TEXAS to the festival line-up. An absolute classic.

Wim Wenders’ sweetly desolate road movie is a desert flower of a film that invented Americana. The movie’s story is simply told. Travis (Harry Dean Stanton) asks for water at a backroads gas station, collapses, is cared for at the local hospital. His brother Walt Henderson (Dean Stockwell) comes to fetch him, but when they stop on the road he starts walking away again, down the railroad tracks. He will not speak. And when he finally does start speaking, it’s as if he is haltingly reassembling a self that he lost track of. Walt and his wife Anne (Aurore Clement) live in Los Angeles with Hunter (Hunter Carson), who is Travis’ son. We gradually learn pieces of the story: Hunter was left with the Hendersons by Travis’ wife Jane (Nastassja Kinski), who could no longer care for him, but who sends a check every month from a bank in Houston. Travis is not insane, not acting out his alienation. He is simply lost in grief, despairing at the way his marriage was joyous for a brief time and then was destroyed by his own drinking and jealousy. He stays for a time with the Hendersons, slowly wins Hunter’s trust, walks home with him from school in a sweet little scene where they copy each other’s gaits. Then he has a serious conversation with Hunter that leads to them getting into Travis’s old Ford pickup and driving to Houston to find Jane.


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