Director of Photography:
Harry Dean Stanton Nastassja Kinski
Sievernich Wim Wenders
Movies Filmproduktion/Berlin Argos Films/Paris
1984 Cannes, Golden Palm (Best Film)
1984 British Academy Award
1984 French Film Critic's Prize
1984 German Film Prize in Silver (Production)
Texas is probably Wim Wenders' most well known, critically
acclaimed, and successful movie, winning a number of
international prizes including the Cannes Palme D'Or
for Best Film in 1984.
This unusual road movie, with screenplay by acclaimed
playwright Sam Shepard, tells the tale of Travis, a
man lost in his own private hell. Presumed dead for
four years, he reappears from the desert on the Mexico
border, world-weary and an amnesiac.
He traces his brother Walt who is bringing up Hunter,
his seven-year-old son, his ex-wife Jane having abandoned
him at Walt's door several years before.
As virtual strangers, Hunter and Travis begin to build
a wary friendship and conspire to find Jane and bring
her back to be a real family.
With extraordinary performances from Harry Dean Stanton
as Travis and Natassja Kinski as Jane, the film also
boasts a soundtrack by Ry Cooder, ideally suited to
the film's sun-bleached landscapes and melancholy undertones.
(1) DESERT LANDSCAPE
A fissured, empty, almost lunar landscape- seen
from a bird's-eye view. The camera hovers over it. In
the distance, a lone man appears; he is crossing this
A hawk lands on a boulder.
The man stops, looks at the bird.
Then he drinks the last drops of water from a large
plastic bottle. He is wearing a cheap Mexican suit,
a red baseball cap
and sandals with bandages wrapped around them. His clothes
are covered with dust and soaked with sweat. He has
been walking for a long time.
This is Travis.
throws away the empty plastic bottle,and continues on
his way across the bleak, hot plains that lie before
A LONELY GAS STATION EXTERIOR, DAY
comes up to a gas station on a remote country road.