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Wim Wenders
Born August 14, 1945 (age 74)
Ernst Wilhelm "Wim" Wenders (born 14 August 1945) is a German filmmaker, playwright, author, photographer, and a major figure in New German Cinema. Among many honors, he has received three nominations for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature: for Buena Vista Social Club (1999), about Cuban music culture, Pina (2011), about the contemporary dance choreographer Pina Bausch, and The Salt of... full bio
The Salt of the Earth
[2014]
 
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Documentary | Biography, Documentary, History | 1h 50min
The life and work of photographer Sebastião Salgado, who has spent forty years documenting deprived societies in hidden corners of the world.
Submergence
[2017]
 
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Movie | Drama, Romance, Thriller | 1h 52min
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In a room with no windows on the eastern coast of Africa, a Scotsman, James More, is held captive by jihadist fighters. Thousands of miles away in the Greenland Sea, Danielle Flinders prepares to dive in a submersible to the ocean floor. In their confines they are drawn back to the Christmas of the previous year, where a chance encounter on a beach in France led to an intense and enduring romance.
Paris, Texas
[1984]
 
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Movie | Drama | 2h 25min
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Travis Henderson, an aimless drifter who has been missing for four years, wanders out of the desert and must reconnect with society, himself, his life, and his family.
Wings of Desire
[1987]
 
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Movie | Drama, Fantasy, Romance | 2h 8min
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An angel tires of overseeing human activity and wishes to become human when he falls in love with a mortal.
Pina
[2011]
 
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Documentary | Documentary | 1h 43min
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A tribute to the late German choreographer, Pina Bausch, as her dancers perform her most famous creations.
The Million Dollar Hotel
[2000]
 
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Movie | Drama, Mystery, Thriller | 2h 2min
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Tragi-comic, romantic whodunnit set in a run down hotel which plays host to mentally ill people too poor to afford medical insurance.
Every Thing Will Be Fine
[2015]
 
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Movie | Drama | 1h 58min
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One day, driving aimlessly around the outskirts of town after a trivial domestic quarrel, a writer named Tomas accidentally hits and kills a child. Will he be able to move on?
Buena Vista Social Club
[1999]
 
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Documentary | Documentary, Music | 1h 45min
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Aging Cuban musicians whose talents had been virtually forgotten following Castro's takeover of Cuba, are brought out of retirement by Ry Cooder, who travelled to Havana in order to bring the musicians together, resulting in triumphant performances of extraordinary music, and resurrecting the musicians' careers.
Don't Come Knocking
[2005]
 
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Movie | Drama, Music | 2h 2min
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An aging cowboy movie star deserts a film set and tries to reconnect with his mother whom he hasn't seen in 30 years only to learn that he has a child he never knew about.
Documentary | Biography, Documentary | 1h 36min
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Pope Francis travels the world speaking to those in need and delivering a message of hope.
Until the End of the World
[1991]
 
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Movie | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi | 2h 38min
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In 1999, Claire's life is forever changed after she survives a car crash. She rescues Sam and starts traveling around the world with him. Writer Eugene follows them and writes their story, as a way of recording dreams is being invented.
Faraway, So Close!
[1993]
 
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Movie | Drama, Fantasy, Romance | 2h 20min
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A group of angels in the German capital look longingly upon the life of humans.
The American Friend
[1977]
 
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Movie | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 2h 5min
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Tom Ripley, who deals in forged art, suggests a picture framer he knows would make a good hit man.
Land of Plenty
[2004]
 
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Movie | Drama, War | 2h 3min
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A drama that investigates anxiety and disillusionment in America.
Palermo Shooting
[2008]
 
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Movie | Drama | 2h 4min
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After the wild life-style of a famous young German photographer almost gets him killed, he goes to Palermo, Sicily to take a break. Can the beautiful city and a beautiful local woman help him calm himself down?
Beyond the Clouds
[1995]
 
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Movie | Drama, Romance | 1h 52min
Made of four short tales, linked by a story filmed by Wim Wenders. Taking place in Ferrara, Portofino, Aix en Provence and Paris, each story, which always a woman as the crux of the story, invites to an inner travel, as Antonioni says "towards the true image of that absolute and mysterious reality that nobody will ever see".
The End of Violence
[1997]
 
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Movie | Drama, Thriller | 2h 2min
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Mike Max is a Hollywood producer who became powerful and rich thanks to brutal and bloody action films. His ignored wife Paige is close to leaving him. Suddenly Mike is kidnapped by two bandits, but escapes and hides out with his Mexican gardener's family for a while. At the same time, surveillance expert Ray Bering is looking for what happens in the city, but it is not clear what he wants. The police... see more
Alice in the Cities
[1974]
 
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Movie | Drama | 1h 50min
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A German journalist is saddled with a nine-year-old girl after encountering her mother at a New York airport.
Lisbon Story
[1994]
 
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Movie | Drama, Music | 1h 40min
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The director Friedrich Monroe has trouble with finishing a silent b&w movie about Lisbon. He calls his friend, the sound engineer Phillip Winter, for help. As Winter arrives Lisbon weeks later, Monroe is disappeared but has left the unfinished film. Winter decides to stay, because he is fascinated of the city and the Portuguese singer Teresa, and he starts to record the sound of the film. At the same... see more
Kings of the Road
[1976]
 
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Movie | Drama | 2h 55min
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A traveling projection-equipment mechanic works in Western Germany along the East-German border, visiting worn-out theatres. He meets with a depressed young man whose marriage has just broken up, and the two decide to travel together.
Les beaux jours d'Aranjuez
[2016]
 
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Movie | Drama | 1h 37min
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A beautiful summer day. A garden. A terrace. A woman and a man sit at a table beneath the trees, with a soft summer wind. In the distance, in the vast plain, the silhouette of Paris. A conversation begins: questions and answers between the woman and the man. It deals with sexual experiences, childhood, memories, the essence of summer and the difference between men and women. It illustrates both, feminine... see more
Hammett
[1982]
 
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Movie | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 1h 37min
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Fictional account of real-life mystery writer Dashiell Hammett, and his involvement in the investigation of a beautiful Chinese cabaret actress' mysterious disappearance in San Francisco.
The State of Things
[1982]
 
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Movie | Drama | 2h 1min
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On location in Portugal, a film crew runs out of film while making their own version of Roger Corman's Day the World Ended (1955). The producer is nowhere to be found and director Friedrich Munro attempts to find him in hopes of being able to finish the film.
Tokyo-Ga
[1985]
 
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Documentary | Documentary | 1h 32min
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Moved by the work of director Yasujirô Ozu, Wim Wenders travels to Japan in search of the Tokyo seen in Ozu's films.
The Soul of a Man
[2003]
 
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Documentary | Biography, Documentary, History | 1h 43min
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Wrong Move
[1975]
 
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Movie | Drama | 1h 43min
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A writer goes on a road trip across West Germany with a group of eclectic people he meets along the way.
Lightning Over Water
[1980]
 
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Documentary | Documentary | 1h 31min
Director Nicholas Ray is eager to complete a final film before his imminent death from cancer. Wim Wenders is working on his own film Hammett (1982) in Hollywood, but flies to New York to help Ray realize his final wish. Ray's original intent is to make a fiction film about a dying painter who sails to China to find a cure for his disease. He and Wenders discuss this idea, but it is obviously unrealistic... see more
Room 666
[1982]
 
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Documentary | Documentary | 45min
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During the '35th Cannes International Film Festival' (14th-26th May 1982), German director Wim Wenders asked a sample of 15 other international film directors to get, each one at a time, into the same hotel room to answer in solitude the same question about the future of cinema, while they were filmed with a 16mm camera and recorded with a Nagra sound recorder. In social sciences the goal of standardization... see more
Notebook on Cities and Clothes
[1989]
 
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Documentary | Documentary | 1h 21min
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Wim Wenders talks with Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto about the creative process and ponders the relationship between cities, identity and the cinema in the digital age.
Movie | Drama, Sport | 1h 41min
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A goalkeeper Josef Bloch is ejected during a game for foul play. He leaves the field and goes to spend the night with a cinema cashier.
Die Gebrüder Skladanowsky
[1995]
 
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Movie | Biography, Drama | 1h 19min
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A rare gem of cinematic storytelling that weaves docudrama, fictional reenactment, and experimental photography into a powerful, reflective work on the early days of German cinema. The film tells the story of the Skladanowsky Brothers, the German-born duo responsible for inventing the "bioskop", an early version of the film projector.
The Scarlet Letter
[1973]
 
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Movie | Drama, History | 1h 30min
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In 17th-century Salem, Hester Prynne must wear a scarlet A because she is an adulteress, with a child out of wedlock. For seven years, she has refused to name the father. A vigorous older stranger arrives, recognized by Hester but unknown to others as her missing husband. He poses as Chillingworth, a doctor, watching Hester and searching out the identity of her lover. His eye soon rests on Dimmesdale... see more
Documentary | Documentary, Music | 1h 41min
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Documentary about the rock group BAP from Cologne in Germany.
Summer in the City
[1970]
 
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Movie | Drama | 1h 56min
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Released from prison a man wanders through a new reality
Short Movie | Short | 31min
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Same Player Shoots Again
[1968]
 
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Short Movie | Short | 12min
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Sequence of five shots, each one with a particular color treatment, in which a man carrying a machine gun runs. He moves fast in the beginning but, as the end comes closer, he starts to walk in zigzag. Is he hurt?
Willie Nelson at the Teatro
[1998]
 
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Documentary
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Documentary of producer Daniel Lanois and his team as they record Willie Nelson album at the Teatro.
Short Movie | Short | 21min
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Because the driver is unable to fulfill correctly his order to kill somebody, he and his friends have to pay the price. "Alabama" is a road-movie. The camera is constantly in the back of the car shooting through the back window... But more important than this story is how the song "All Along the Watchtower" by Bob Dylan is changing when it is interpreted by Jimi Hendrix. And the recurring album of... see more
3 American LPs
[1969]
 
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Short Movie | Music, Short | 13min
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There are certain image-evoking songs that are more visual than most movies nowadays. Here, Wenders combines sights filmed in Germany from inside a car with music that inspires American landscapes. Meanwhile, Wenders and Peter Handke discuss American music.
Silver City
[1969]
 
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Short Movie | Short | 25min
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Documentary | Documentary, Short | 17min
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Other Side of the Road
[2003]
 
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Short Movie | Mystery, Short | 6min
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Police Film
[1969]
 
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Short Movie | Short | 12min
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New times have come for the way demonstrations are handled by the police. No more crude repression... "Policemen come from the people, just as demonstrators". Therefore, if you're a cop, now it's a matter of "convincing" your "comrade" who's demonstrating to forget about it.
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