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5.0 out of 5 stars Wrong Move - right movie, 13 Sept. 2008
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This review is from: Wrong Move [1975] [DVD] (DVD)
The 1970s German New Wave is certainly flourishing in the DVD era. First the comprehensive Herzog collection in 2 great value box-sets, then the incredible flood of Fassbinder box sets. Now it's Wim Wenders' turn - his 6 best films in a uniform edition from the Axiom label overseen by Wenders himself - new prints & subtitles, excellent packaging & booklets, plus director commentaries & various little extras.
I imagine many will go for PARIS TEXAS or WINGS OF DESIRE - Wenders' 2 big international hits. But I also imagine there are many who think of Wenders as one of those directors who rather lost his way and whose best work was the early 'ALICE-WRONG-KINGS' road movie trilogy.
The classic ALICE IN THE CITIES is firmly in gritty grainy black & white new wave territory but the follow up WRONG MOVE is filmed in beautiful autumnal colour by cameraman legend Robby Muller. Rudiger Vogler reprises his morose persona from ALICE, travelling around Germany accompanied by a small group of eccentric characters.
Wenders' trademark quirkiness, romanticism & pathos are present but held in check by a sharp & intelligent Handke script, which touches lightly but movingly on the war and various aspects of German history.
The cast are all memorable but special mention must be made of Nastassja Kinski who has real presence in her first role (only fourteen!). In the booklet Wenders says he was a bit 'upset' that Hanna Schygulla was not as engaging for his film as she was for Fassbinder, but maybe that says more about the 2 directors than about her - she certainly adds another level of complexity to the film.
Whatever you think of Wenders' subsequent career, you can't go wrong with WRONG MOVE - an excellent film in an excellent DVD edition.
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