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The American Friend

americanfriendJonathan Zimmermann (Bruno Ganz), a German picture framer who thinks he has very little time left in this world, accepts an offer to kill a criminal for a large sum of money. The second film (following Purple Noon (1960)) to feature the character of Tom Ripley, it also became somewhat of a breakthrough for director Wim Wenders. Ganz is very good, but Dennis Hopper and the director make Ripley look like nothing but a contrived American symbol, Stetson hat and all. The story is rather uninvolving, but the look of the film is very colorful, some of the scenes memorably staged and photographed.

1977-U.S.-France-West Germany. 127 min. Color.¬†Written and directed by¬†Wim Wenders.¬†Novel:¬†Patricia Highsmith (‚ÄúRipley‚Äôs Game‚Äú).¬†Cinematography:¬†Robby M√ľller.¬†Cast:¬†Dennis Hopper (Tom Ripley), Bruno Ganz (Jonathan Zimmermann), Lisa Kreuzer (Marianne Zimmermann), Gerard Blain, Jean Eustache, Sam Fuller‚Ķ Nicholas Ray.

Trivia: John Cassavetes was allegedly considered for the part of Ripley. The character next appeared in The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999); Wenders’s film was remade as Ripley’s Game (2003).



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