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Paris, Texas
Wenders, Wim, interviewee, director.
Director-approved special edition.
Publication Information:
[Irvington, N.Y.] : The Criterion Collection : Janus Films, [2009]

Physical Description:
2 videodiscs (145 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (42 pages ; color illustrations ; 19 cm.).
After having been missing for four years and presumed dead, Travis emerges from the desert near the Texas-Mexico border and collapses at a gas station. His younger brother, Walt, a billboard artist, takes him to Walt's Los Angeles home where Travis' son, Hunter, has lived with Walt and Walt's wife, Anne, since Travis and his wife, Jane, disappeared. Travis reestablishes a relationship with Hunter, finds Jane and brings about a reunion between Jane and Hunter before leaving again. Loosely based on Sam Shepard's Motel Chronicles.
General Note:
Based on the book "Paris, Texas" by Sam Shepard.

Originally produced as a motion picture in 1984.

Booklet includes "On the road again" essay by film critic Nick Roddick, "A long ride" by Sam Shepard, "Voices under your skin" interview with Nastassja Kinski, "Loss of innocence" interview with Harry Dean Stanton, "Me and my brother" interview with Dean Stockwell, excert from the preface of Wim Wenders book 'Written in the West'.

Bonus features: Disc 1. Audio commentary featuring Wim Wenders. Disc 2. "Wim Wenders" interview with Wenders by German journalist Roger Willemsen; "The road to Paris, Texas" excerpts from th 1990 film "Motion and Emotion" featuring interviews with Wim Wenders, Robby Müller, Ry Cooder, Harry Dean Stanton, Peter Falk, Dennis Hopper, Hanns Zischler, Samuel Fuller, Patricia Highsmith and Kraft Wetzel conducted by director Paul Joyce; "Claire Denis and Allison Anders" interviewed by Kent Jones; "Cinéma cinémas" segment from the French television program featuring 'Wim Wenders Hollywood April '84'; Deleted scenes; Super 8 footage; Galleries; "Written in the West" gallery of Wenders' location-scouting photos from his book; Behind the scenes photos by Robin Holland.
disc 1. Feature film -- Disc 2. Bonus features.
Reading Level:
OFRB rating: AA.
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DVD 41624 Adult DVD Open Shelf
DVD 41624 Adult DVD Audio Visual
DVD 41624 Adult DVD Audio Visual

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Travis (Harry Dean Stanton) is wandering through the Texas desert, a bit shaky and in desperate need of water, when he stumbles into a bar and collapses. A German doctor of dubious credentials finds a phone number in Travis' wallet, which belongs to his brother, Walt (Dean Stockwell). Walt is shocked to hear about his brother's condition, since no one in the family has seen or heard from Travis in four years; Walt flies to Texas to bring him home, only to find Travis wandering by the side of the road, and they begin the long drive back to Los Angeles, where Walt lives with his wife, Anne (Aurore Clement), and Hunter (Hunter Carson), Travis' seven-year-old son. At first, Travis refuses to speak and is oddly distant, but in time he begins to talk again, and when he arrives in California, he begins the painful process of reacquainting himself with his son and trying to reconcile with his wife, Jane (Nastassia Kinski). ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Reviews 1

Library Journal Review

Imbued with an exquisite blend of melancholy and hope, this Wim Wenders-helmed and Sam Shepard-penned tour de force traces the journey of an emotionally scarred drifter (Harry Dean Stanton) across bleakly lovely Southwestern environs as he tries to make sense of his messy life. The weather-beaten Stanton has never been better, especially in an indelible scene where he pours his heart out to his long-estranged wife (Nastassja Kinski) from the opposite side of a two-way mirror. For any discerning viewer with a pulse. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.