AMERICAN FRIEND, THE (BLU-RAY)
|Cast||Dennis Hopper, Bruno Ganz, Gérard Blain, Nicholas Ray, Samuel Fuller, Daniel Schmid, Jean Eustache, Lisa Kreuzer, Peter Lilienthal, Sandy Whitelaw, Lou Cassel|
|Original Language||English, French, German|
|Number of Discs||1|
|Street Date||January 12th , 2016|
Wim Wenders pays loving homage to rough-and-tumble Hollywood film noir with The American Friend, a loose adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel Ripley’s Game. Dennis Hopper oozes quirky menace as an amoral American art dealer who entangles a terminally ill German everyman, played by Bruno Ganz, in a seedy criminal underworld as revenge for a personal slight—but when the two become embroiled in an ever-deepening murder plot, they form an unlikely bond. Filmed on location in Hamburg and Paris, with some scenes shot in grimy, late-seventies New York City, Wenders’s international breakout is a stripped-down crime story that mixes West German and American film flavors, and it features cameos by filmmakers Jean Eustache, Samuel Fuller, and Nicholas Ray.