Wim Wenders (there was a series on tv to mark his 60th birthday): His road movie“Alice in den Städten” (Alice in the Cities) and “Der Himmel über Berlin”(Wings of Desire). Imagine Nick Cave and Peter Falk in one film!
Marvellous! I’ve enjoyed them tremendously! So far, I had only seen Buena Vista Social Club which received an Oscar nomination and “The Lisbon Story”.
I’m really not much into films, and it takes a lot of persuasion to get me into cinemas or in front of tvs – but for such films any time! Wenders, of course, cannot be explained here: it’s the mixture of plot, settings, movements, music, shadow, light and his obsession with America, or, as he once said the “Americanization of Germany” and communication, or sometimes, failure of communication between “normal” people - who, actually, often turn out to be outstanding and special.
Maybe it’s also Wenders’ ability to create always some joyfulness, some delight, even in the saddest moments... Or perhaps his attitude, quote: "Sex and violence was never really my cup of tea; I was always more into sax and violins."
More of Wenders at "Senses of Cinema" and New German Cinema".