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THE AMERICAN FRIEND

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The American Friend

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
Bruno Ganz, Dennis Hopper
director:
Wim Wenders

We gave it a B

Twenty-two years before Anthony Minghella spurred a Ripley revival, German director Wim Wenders (Wings of Desire) adapted Patricia Highsmith’s Ripley’s Game into a French-flavored thriller about friendship, isolation, and its own moody self. As Ripley, Hopper — amounting to a mannered cackle in a cowboy hat — gets Ganz’s terminally ill family man mixed up in murder. Apart from the swanky action scenes, any suspense is diffused by a running essay on filmmaking (pointless cameos by Nicholas Ray and Samuel Fuller), and the Highsmith tightrope goes slack.

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