Paris, Texas is a 1984 drama film directed by Wim Wenders and starring Harry Dean Stanton, Dean Stockwell, Nastassja Kinski, and Hunter Carson. The screenplay was written by L.M. Kit Carson and playwright Sam Shepard, and the distinctive musical score was composed by Ry Cooder. The cinematography was by Robby Müller. The film was a co-production between companies in France and West Germany, and was filmed in the United States.
The plot focuses on an amnesiac (Stanton) who, after mysteriously wandering out of the desert, attempts to revive his life with his brother (Stockwell) and seven-year-old son (Carson), and to track down his former wife (Kinski). At the 1984 Cannes Film Festival, the film unanimously won the Palme d'Or (Golden Palm) from the official jury, as well as the FIPRESCI Prize and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury. The film has been released on DVD and Blu-ray by the Criterion Collection.
A bit of the film, 'Paris, Texas':
from Paris Texas
Ryland Peter "Ry" Cooder (born March 15, 1947) is an American guitarist, singer and composer. He is known for his slide guitar work, his interest in roots music from the United States, and, more recently, his collaborations with traditional musicians from many countries.
Ry Cooder grew up in Santa Monica, California, and attended Santa Monica High School.
His solo work has been eclectic, encompassing folk, blues, Tex-Mex, soul, gospel, rock, and much else. He has collaborated with many musicians, including Larry Blackmon, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Randy Newman, Taj Mahal, Earl Hines, Little Feat, Captain Beefheart, The Doobie Brothers, The Chieftains, John Lee Hooker, Pops and Mavis Staples, Flaco Jiménez, Ibrahim Ferrer, Terry Evans, Bobby King, Freddy Fender, Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and Ali Farka Touré. He formed the band Little Village with Nick Lowe, John Hiatt, and Jim Keltner.
Ry Cooder produced the Buena Vista Social Club album (1997), which became a worldwide hit. Wim Wenders directed the documentary film of the same name (1999), which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2000.
zentake: A bit of Ry Cooder's 'Paris Texas' soundtrack. Interesting to listen to this piece, Buddy Guy's version of 'Feels Like Rain' & Ali Akbar Khan's 'Two Lovers'. Similarities. Relationships. Synthesis. The dialectic in action via music. The genres are being blown away by just plain damn good music. The music never died. It continued. It continues.
Saw this movie years ago in another lifetime at The Bridge Theater in San Francisco`, with my lady love of almost 10 years at the time. Had I not been such an @sshole punk in love with myself (not like now...? O, Vanity...) I'd have grown old with her. (And She was a Her by the way. Maybe She was for me Mother of All Hers...My teacher in the Arts of Love & Sex...If things failed there it was because I was young stupid & unworthy. I hope she can forgive me. I do constant penance & not just for that relationship. Nor am I trying to come off as a martyr. A pilgrim journeying to the East...A pilgrimage that never ends...like paying your dues for a lifetime of Joy & Sorrow...) Strange take on America. But the more you think about it the more accurate a comment it is. Not on everything America is about, but about alienation, love, lovelessness, seeking, finding, losing, trying, "quiet desperation", connecting, not being able or wanting to connect, isolation, "heroic individualism" gone nuts, how people are in denial that we're all links in a chain of life & love.
Just look at that Big Empty, will you? The American Soul? American Soullessness? The duality of all that.
Photo's of Route 66 with the music of Ry Cooder.