On April 29, 2018 and May 12, 2018, catch a screening of the last two films in the Harvard Film Archive's Wim Wenders film series.
April 29, 2018 - A Trick of the Light (Die Gebrüder Skladanowsky)
Directed by Wim Wenders. With Udo Kier, Nadine Büttner, Hans Moser
Germany 1995, digital video, color & b/w, 80 min. German with English subtitles
Six weeks before the Lumiere brother’s legendary first public motion picture screening in Paris, three German brothers in Berlin screened eight film loops. In between the acrobatics and juggling that also occupied their life, Max, Eugen, and Emil Skladanowsky invented the bioskop. A century later, Wenders brings these little-known pioneers to the fore with this whimsical and touching film. With the help of students from the Munich Film Academy, Wenders spins their story with a mix of documentary and recreated footage—much of it shot silent at 18 frames per second with a vintage hand-cranked camera.
May 12, 2018 - Until the End of the World (Bis ans Ende der Welt)
Directed by Wim Wenders. With William Hurt, Solveig Dommartin, Pietro Falcone
Germany/France/Australia/US 1991, DCP, color, 295 min. English, French, Italian, Japanese and
German with English subtitles
Wenders’ most ambitious, personal and misunderstood film to date remains his visionary epic Until the End of the World, an exhilarating sci-fi romance that offers a dizzying and often uncannily prescient imagination of a technologically mediated image culture, set in that now-long-ago year of 1999. The original story of lovers-on-the-run was co-written by Wenders and the film’s star Solveig Dommartin and then transformed by Wenders and acclaimed Australian novelist Peter Carey into a globetrotting voyage that traces an errant and urgent path across Europe, Asia and the US before reaching its final stage in the vast expanses of the Outback. Intended by Wenders as an “ultimate road movie,” the film was released against the director’s wishes in a truncated 158-minute version and was met with a largely puzzled reception, although the film and its amazing soundtrack (featuring Peter Gabriel, U2, Lou Reed, Nick Cave, REM, Patti Smith and others) immediately found ardent fans. In 2015, Wenders was at last able to release the long-awaited five-hour director’s cut of Until the End of the World, boldly expanding the film’s vast canvas and deepening its many then-strange-now-strangely-true predictions about ecological entropy, virtual currency and the melding of dream imagery into a more hospitable alternate reality. DCP courtesy Janus Films.
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