A man wanders out of the desert not knowing who he is. His brother finds him, and helps to pull his memory back of the life he led before he walked out on his family and disappeared four years earlier.
|Release Date||:||May 19, 1984|
|Production Company||:||20th Century Fox, Channel Four Films, Tobis, Palace Pictures, Argos Films, Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR), Road Movies Filmproduktion, Film4|
|Production Countries||:||France, Germany, United Kingdom, United States of America|
|Director||:||Wim Wenders, Claire Denis, Helen Caldwell|
|Writers||:||Sam Shepard, L.M. Kit Carson|
|Casts||:||Harry Dean Stanton, Nastassja Kinski, Dean Stockwell, Hunter Carson, Aurore Clément, Bernhard Wicki, John Lurie, Jeni Vici, Sally Norvell, Socorro Valdez, Claresie Mobley, Viva, Tom Farrell|
|Plot Keywords||:||brother brother relationship, regret, texas, peep show, van, mute, redemption, state in title, los angeles, desert, family, home movie, new german cinema|
It's hard for me to select just one movie as my very favorite, but if I had to, "Paris, Texas" would probably be it.
As I recall, I first saw it while I was a student in a small theater in '84 or '85; a year or two later I recorded it from cable to Beta tape. After not having watched it for years, I've played it again a few times over the last couple of years. Many movies I recall having liked in the past are just big disappointments when I watch them years later. That's not the case with this one! Then I was single; now I'm married. That alone makes a big difference, but I also find that even some small elements now have more meaning. I previously attached no significance to the scene where Travis was determined to find the same rental car in which he and Walt had previously driven. But how often people do sentimentally and fiercely cling to, objectively, unimportant things in reaction to having had their hearts and spirits broken more than a few times over important things. I often recall this scene when observing some instance of this in myself or others.
I am struck by what opposite opinions people have of this movie. If you have few problems relating to other people, or you don't care much about relating to other humans, and little in your life disappoints you over long spells of your life, you will probably find this movie very boring. I sort of envy people in this situation, though before I would want to wish myself to be like that, I pause at how much my life would be changed and how little of my personality would be left, if I did.
I, too, eagerly await the release of this movie on high quality DVD, and hope that my still barely viewable Beta will last til then.