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Lightning Over Water (1980)

Director Nicholas Ray is eager to complete a final film before his imminent death from cancer. Wim Wenders is working on his own film Hammett (1982) in Hollywood, but flies to New York to ... See full summary »

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Director Nicholas Ray is eager to complete a final film before his imminent death from cancer. Wim Wenders is working on his own film Hammett (1982) in Hollywood, but flies to New York to help Ray realize his final wish. Ray's original intent is to make a fiction film about a dying painter who sails to China to find a cure for his disease. He and Wenders discuss this idea, but it is obviously unrealistic given Ray's state of health. Written by Karl Engel <cassiel@ix.netcom.com>

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Nick's Film - Lightning Over Water  »

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Final film directed by Nicholas Ray. Also marks as his first documentary. See more »

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Nicholas Ray: [lecturing] We are starting this new film of ours with about the same amount of head-start that we had on, The Lusty Men. A little backstory behind it, is that we started shooting with 26 pages of script, and then we wrote every night. So, there wasn't much besides instinct and reactions of my actors to what we had done the day before; to what we were going to do the next day. So, there was no possibility of meticulous 'Henry James-type' construction. The closer I get to my ending... the closer ...
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25 November 1998 | by (texas) – See all my reviews

this is a film i forced myself to watch in order to complete a speech in german about wim wender's amerkiabild. it is all about the death of a cancer ridden man. that is about all of the plot i could figure out.

the images, as is usual with wender's films, are striking and pungent to the hollywood-movie-goer senses. the scenes in this movie are about the slowest i have ever seen. i did find a few rewarding scenes here and there scattered throughout the chaos. the graduate monkey, the speech at vassar college, and the alarm clock scene to mention a few.

that is about all i know on this one.

i give it two riders of the apocalypse.


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