“Wim Wenders: Portraits Along The Road” debuts at the IFC Center in New York, August 28th

By on August 21, 2015

Wunderkinder of New German Cinema, celebrated film director and wonderful photographer Wim Wenders has a traveling retrospective of his films, Wim Wenders: Portraits Along The Road, which will launch in New York a week from today, on August 28th, before it heads out to art houses in fourteen additional U.S. cities (and one Canadian city). Wenders will be present at the IFC Center in New York for select screenings.

Here’s the wicked cool trailer (featuring the driving blues-rock boogie tune “On the Road Again” recorded by Canned Heat in 1967), which highlights the twelve films included in the retrospective — presented by Janus Films and the Criterion Collection — eleven of which are new digital restorations (pristine, 2K and 4K DCP prints, we’re reading).


The retrospective spans his entire career and will include a wide variety of films: The American Friend (starring Dennis Hopper, and directors Sam Fuller and Nicholas Ray, from 1977), Paris, Texas (1984), , Wings Of Desire (1987), the rare 295-minute director’s cut of Until The End Of The World (1991), Tokyo-Ga (1985), The State Of Things (1982), some of his early German films like Alice In The Cities (1974), Kings Of The Road (1975), Wrong Move (1975), The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick (1971), and the documentaries Notebook on Cities and Clothes (1989), Buena Vista Social Club (1999).

(The trailer also includes The Million Dollar Hotel (2001), and the dancer documentary Pina (2011) — which reveals the beautiful work of choreographer Pina Bausch, filmed in a loving, visually exhilarating 3D — but its unclear if either film will be included).

For more info, go to the Film Stage website.

The Criterion Collection should be (re)releasing all or some of these films over the next few months (and possibly years).

After New York, the retrospective will stop in Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Washington DC, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Cleveland, Columbus, Houston, Austin and Vancouver.

In addition to Pina, Wenders’s most recent work also includes the drama Every Thing Will Be Fine, his photographer documentary The Salt of the Earth.


About Bryan Thomas

Bryan Thomas has been a freelancing writer/critic for All Music Guide, and a contributor to Launch, Music Connection, Big Takeover and numerous other publications and entertainment websites, blogs and zines, most of them long gone. He's written more than sixty sets of liner notes. He’s also worked for over twenty years at mostly reissue record labels -- prior to that he worked in bookstores and record stores, going all the way back to the original vinyl daze. He lives in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA.