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Notebook on Cities and Clothes (1989)

Aufzeichnungen zu Kleidern und Städten (original title)
Not Rated | | Documentary | 20 December 1989 (France)
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Wim Wenders talks with Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto about the creative process and ponders the relationship between cities, identity and the cinema in the digital age.

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Wim Wenders

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Francois Burkhardt (idea), Wim Wenders
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Cast

Credited cast:
Wim Wenders ... Himself
Yohji Yamamoto ... Himself
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Wim Wenders talks with Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto about the creative process and ponders the relationship between cities, identity and the cinema in the digital age. Written by Erik Gregersen <erik@astro.as.utexas.edu>

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West Germany | France

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English | Japanese | French

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20 December 1989 (France) See more »

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A Notebook on Clothes and Cities See more »

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Paris, France See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.37 : 1
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Wim Wenders: From the notebook of images that I collected over a certain time, as I was observing Yohji at work; I have saved my favorite for last. In a privileged moment, an electronic eye caught these guardian angels on the job.
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Fall In Mid Air
written by Akira Miyoshi
interpreted and performed by Koichi Hamanaka & Kazuko Ninomiya
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Flawed, dated but still interesting
16 April 2007 | by mrweirdSee all my reviews

Wim Wenders follows Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto as he puts together a fashion show. In truth, the subject matter is tedious, Yohji Yamamoto has little of interest to say, and he says it excruciatingly slowly. Wenders tries his best to convince us that the designer is a great Artist, by covering the creative process, the little changes in the cut of the cloth to achieve what is the perfect shirt or dress. The close-knit coterie of disciples eager to translate the Artist's vision to the cloth. It's almost convincing, but the film fails to persuade me that fashion industry is anything more than superficial. By implying that fashion design is potentially as profound and mysterious as other arguably more 'worthy' art-forms (such as cinema), the documentary teeters on pretension.

However, the film is certainly worth watching. There are some interesting meditations on the nature of cities and identity (it's filmed in both Tokyo and Paris). It's most impressive aspect is the exploration of digital video technology (quite appropriate given the documentary subject matter). When filmed (1989), this would have been cutting edge, and it's likely that Wenders experiments here benefited subsequent films most notably the dream sequences in Until The End of the World. The pixelated texture and more lurid colour palette of video contrast nicely with the celluloid sequences, and there are some effective (albeit now primitive) sequences with talking-heads video playback against celluloid footage in the background. The overall effect is meditative and other-worldly.

In summary, a flawed, dated but still interesting film.


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