In this film’s opening scene, we see a lone drifter striding silently across rugged desert terrain somewhere in the American southwest. Later we learn he is heading for the town of Paris, Texas, where he says he was conceived. Instead of reaching Paris, he is diverted to the concrete canyons of Los Angeles and Houston for confrontation with his past. Throughout the unfolding story, Ry Cooder’s slide guitar provides a moody backdrop. Paris, Texas was written by playwright Sam Shephard, directed by Wim Wenders, and stars American actor Harry Dean Stanton along with German actress Nastassja Kinski. The film attracted little attention at its 1984 release in the United States, but went on to acclaim in Europe, including the Palme d’Or Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
John Stewart is a retired software developer with degrees in biology from the University of Michigan. He is not a movie maven, but he enjoys films with a foreign touch and believes this one will appeal to Elderwise cinema lovers.