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The American Friend

16 January 2016 11:11 AM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Wim Wenders goes neo-noir in this wonderfully moody character-driven crime tale. Soulful art framer Bruno Ganz is the patsy in a murder scheme, but Dennis Hopper's sociopath / villain has a change of heart and befriends him. This modern classic looks great and features movie directors Nicholas Ray and Samuel Fuller in major guest roles. The American Friend Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 793 1977 / Color / 1:66 widescreen / 127 min. / Der Amerikanische Freund / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date January 12, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Dennis Hopper, Bruno Ganz, Lisa Kreuzer, Gérard Blain, Nicholas Ray, Samuel Fuller. Cinematography Robby Müller Art Direction Heidi & Toni Lüdi Film Editor Peter Przygodda Original Music Jürgen Knieper Written by Wim Wenders from the novel Ripley's Game by Patricia Highsmith Produced by Renée Gundelach, Wim Wenders Directed by Wim Wenders

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Fourteen years ago Anchor Bay released a Wim Wenders DVD collection with excellent extras provided by the director himself. »

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Now On Blu-ray: Wim Wenders' The American Friend On Criterion

11 January 2016 9:00 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

It's startling to me that The American Friend, a pitch-black film noir, remains so fresh and vibrant. Originally released in 1977, the film was part of a wave of "New German Cinema" that swept beyond the country's borders to international acclaim and opened the way for director Wim Wenders to come to America to make movies. It was a mixed blessing at best, as Wenders wryly acknowledges in a new interview for the Criterion Collection's beautiful new Blu-ray edition, available tomorrow (Tuesday, January 12). Drawn from Patricia Highsmith's Ripley's Game, the film stars Dennis Hopper as Ripley, an amoral character first portrayed by Alain Delon in René Clément's Purple Noon. He shows up in Hamburg, Germany, to sell a painting by a supposedly dead artist,...

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