A Conversation With Wim Wenders

| October 3, 2001

A Conversation With Wim Wenders, Michael Coles, DoubleTake
The films of auteur Wim Wenders, often described as 'road movies,'
feature characters and settings steeped in loneliness and desperation. But how did such stark, eerie scenes typical of the American realist movement in art find its way into a German-born filmmaker? Michael Coles of DoubleTake takes up the issue in an interview with Wenders, who talks about the America he experienced while growing up in Germany. While Wenders admits he is strongly influenced by realist painter Edward Hopper, it is surprising to find many of his influences came from American pop culture. From his exposure to 1950s American comic strips to literary classics like Huckleberry Finn to the music of Bob Dylan, Wenders' experience gave him the impression that the United States 'was not just the land of unlimited possibilities, it was also the land of unlimited fun.'
--Kate Garsombke
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