...or, King of the Road Movies. Wenders' epic, during which little happens, is one of the great films about men (with each other, without women), about travelling, about cinema (one of the central characters is a projection engineer visiting run-down cinemas), and about the effect of America in 'colonising' the European subconscious. The plot, such as it is, about two men meeting up, moving around Germany, and then splitting up again, is a loose framework for an investigation in various subjects that is marked by its emotional honesty, stunning visual organisation, lack of contrivance, and use of music. Marvellous.
Cast and crew
Rüdiger Vogler Rudolf Schündler Marquard Böhm Hanns Zischler Lisa Kreuzer
One of the first art house films I watched, long ago. Immediately got me hooked to road movies. The initial sequence is probably one of the best in the history of cinema. As the review says, nothing happens, but, in the spirit of the best road movies, you come out of the cinema a different person.