Staff Pick: The American Friend

Joey’s Staff Pick!

Wim Wenders pays loving homage to rough-and-tumble Hollywood film noir with The American Friend, a loose adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel Ripley’s Game. Dennis Hopper oozes quirky menace as an amoral American art dealer who entangles a terminally ill German everyman, played by Bruno Ganz, in a seedy criminal underworld as revenge for a personal slight—but when the two become embroiled in an ever-deepening murder plot, they form an unlikely bond. Filmed on location in Hamburg and Paris, with some scenes shot in grimy, late-seventies New York City, Wenders’s international breakout is a stripped-down crime story that mixes West German and American film flavors, and it features cameos by filmmakers Jean Eustache, Samuel Fuller, and Nicholas Ray.

Runtime
2h 5m
Year
1977
Director
Wim Wenders
Format
DCP
Country
Germany
First Showing
June 14, 2024
Categories
  • Assisted Listening

Showtimes

Friday, June 14, 2024 9:15 PM
Location Big Roxie
Saturday, June 15, 2024 3:15 PM
Location Big Roxie

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