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Paris, Texas  1984
Motel Chronicles
Director:  Wim Wenders
Producer:
  Anatole Dauman and Don Guest
Art Director:
  Kate Altman
Editor:
  Peter Przygodda
Music:
  Ry Cooder
Screenplay:
  L. M. Kit Carson and Sam Shepard, based on the short stories The Motel Chronicles by Sam Shepard
Director of Photography:
  Robby Müller
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Cast:
people1 Harry Dean Stanton people1 Nastassja Kinski people1 Dean Stockwell spacer1 Aurore Clément
spacer1 Hunter Carson spacer1 Bernhard Wicki spacer1 John Lurie spacer1 Socorro Valdez
spacer1 Jeni Vici spacer1 Sally Norvell spacer1 Claresie Mobley spacer1 Sam Berry
people1 Harry Dean Stanton people1 Nastassja Kinski people1 Dean Stockwell
spacer1 Aurore Clément spacer1 Hunter Carson spacer1 Bernhard Wicki
spacer1 John Lurie spacer1 Socorro Valdez spacer1 Jeni Vici
spacer1 Sally Norvell spacer1 Claresie Mobley spacer1 Sam Berry
people1 Harry Dean Stanton people1 Nastassja Kinski
people1 Dean Stockwell spacer1 Aurore Clément
spacer1 Hunter Carson spacer1 Bernhard Wicki
spacer1 John Lurie spacer1 Socorro Valdez
spacer1 Jeni Vici spacer1 Sally Norvell
spacer1 Claresie Mobley spacer1 Sam Berry

Synopsis:
Travis is a man deserted by life, wandering seemingly aimless along the Texas-Mexican border. Since his wife left him four years previously, she also left their young son, Hunter, with Walt, Travis's brother who lives in Los Angeles. Travis decides its' time he saw his son again and travels to Los Angeles, arriving on a surprised Walt's doorstep. Walt takes him in, realising he wants to bond with Hunter again, but what Walt doesn't know is that Travis is planning to find Jane, Hunter's mother and his estranged wife. Knowing she is working in Houston, he takes Hunter on a trip to once more find her.
Review:
Immensly powerful, even if the film's most devoted fans have to agree that it is overlong at two and a half hours, Wim Wender's movie brims over with superb elements, from Harry Dean Stanton's career best performance as the hurt, almost dazed Travis, through Dean Stockwell's fine portrayal of the initially confused Walt and Robby Muller's excellent cinematography. Wender's direction is unobtrusive until the last sequence, where Travis finally finds his wife once more, and in a beautifully executed if overextended scene, Stanton truly rips at the heart with his poignancy. A superb score by guitarist Ry Cooder tops an excellent, if ample, package.

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