1981 German Film
Prize in Silver
Road Movies Filmproduktion/Berlin
Nick's Film - Lightning Over Water
Over Water is a penetrating and touching film of
the last days of cult American director Nicholas Ray,
most well-known for Rebel
Without a Cause.
."I knew that he wanted to work, to die working", Wim Wenders says in the movie.
And through his work with Wenders and the crew,
Ray transformed his dying into an act of collaboration
and a work of art.
slowly of terminal cancer, Ray chose not to institutionalize
himself in a hospice and fade away in an old people's
home but stayed in his modest New York City loft, surrounded
by his closest friends -- a sharp and poignant contrast
to the comparative luxury of his Hollywood years.
film is lovingly assembled by Wenders, whose reverence
of Ray is evident in every frame of his own work. Ray reflects on a lifetime of accomplishments, failures and compromises,
and reminisces about Joan Crawford, James Dean and the
many other Hollywood stars that appeared in his films.
film follows the progress of death, for once really
at work, in 35 mm and on video,
in an inside/outside organic continuity. Wenders, and
us with him, get used to the idea of death - that neither
he who makes a movie nor he who looks at it are immortal.
The central issue of the contract between Wim and Nick
is the act of love from the young director to his cursed
father/master - an identification that is also an exorcism.'