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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 11 February 2012
I really love a lot of Wenders' films but this one left me cold.

It is flattering to compare it with Alice in the Cities and Kings of the Road, two fantastic films. For me this was pretentious and unengaging. Even the cinematography by Robby Muller could not save it, some striking shots do not make for a rewarding film.

The plot concerns Rudiger Vogler, who is always engaging, and a motley assortment of characters he meets. These characters are prone to much staring into the distance and pretentious monologues. I understand that Natassia Kinski in her first role as a mute performer represents the new Germany, while her companion symbolises Germany's Nazi past.

Fortunately this film is not nearly as depressing as his earlier collaboration with Peter Handke, the Goalkeeper's Fear of the Penalty Kick, but it does have Bergman-esque chilliness, rather than the warmth that characterises the best of the Wenders' films. There are some memorable scenes, but overall this is arid and pretentious stuff.

There is a feature length director commentary, some footage from when they were making the film and a booklet. According to the booklet the original aspect ratio was 1.66:1, while the DVD aspect ratio is 1.78:1 anamorphic, while the original film gauge was 35mm. As with the rest of this imprint from Axiom this is a classy pressing, but for me the film really is not that great.
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