The American Friend
Location: Redstone Theater
Dir. Wim Wenders. 1977. 125 mins. DCP. With Bruno Ganz, Dennis Hopper, Lisa Kreuzer. Bruno Ganz plays Jonathan Zimmermann, a Hamburg-based picture framer whose terminal illness makes him a convenient cog in a murderous criminal enterprise concocted by Tom Ripley (Dennis Hopper) in Wim Wenders’s loose adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel, Ripley’s Game. The honest, open-faced Ganz serves as an ideal foil for Hopper’s oily, ugly American, yet they also develop an unlikely and deeply pleasing rapport, one that serves to draw the viewer further and further into Ganz’s evolving point of view, as he moves from everyman to assassin.
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