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On Film [Paperback]

Wim Wenders
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23 July 2001
Wim Wenders' body of work is among the most formidable in modern cinema: Paris Texas, Wings of Desire, The Buena Vista Social Club, The Million Dollar Hotel. And Wenders writes about cinema as passionately as he produces it. This volume collects three previously published books of Wenders' essays: Emotion Pictures, The Logic of Images, and The Act of Seeing. In them, he discusses his development as a filmmaker from the moment he picked up a camera aged 12, and offers a broader analysis of his guiding passions - rock 'n' roll, avant-garde cinema, questions of German identity, and the influence of America.

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (23 July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571207189
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571207183
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 13.5 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 753,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"His care for the medium is exemplary . . . and rare these days."--"The London Review of Books"

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Wim Wenders is the distinguished director of Paris, Texas and Wings of Desire, as well as The American Friend. For Faber he has published three volumes of essays, which have been collected together into one volume, titled On Film. He has also written My Time with Antonioni, which chronicles his experience working with Antonioni on Beyond the Clouds.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent collection of film writings 28 Feb 2002
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'On Film' collects three-volumes of film writings by Wim Wenders: 'Emotion Pictures' (1986),'The Logic of Images' (1988) and 'The Act of Seeing' (1992)...It is great for the reader who is interested in Wender's oeuvre- from his rock'n'roll influenced beginnings, his progression from film critic to figurehead of New German Cinema- next to Fassbinder & Herzog...There are plenty of insights into his experience of film- touching on the nightmare Zoetrope-project 'Hammett' and his Eighties-masterpieces 'Paris,Texas' & 'Wings of Desire'. There is also much on his unackowledged masterpiece, 'Until the End of the World'- originally conceived in the late 70's as 'End of the Century' and referred to throughout this book. Where is the rumoured six hour cut?- I agree that the version we have just isn't long enough and as Wenders owns the rights to his old films and DVD has taken off as a format?...There is great writing here- on The Kinks, Nicholas Ray, Ozu, Fassbinder, technology, German identity,Bergman, Van Morrison, Scorsese's 'King of Comedy', film colour, cities etc. All delivered in a concise readable manner. This book is for anyone serious about Wenders and about cinema itself. An excellent collection.
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