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Nastassja Kinski's performance in "Paris, Texas"

It's one that seems to be under-appreciated, or at least not discussed much. The movie as a whole is beautiful and devastating, but I think that her performance plays a significant role in what makes it so haunting. Her first "reunion" with Travis at the peepshow—unbeknownst to her, as she is behind a one-way mirror—is one of the most breathtaking scenes I've ever seen in a film. Part of this of course is the context and what has led up to it, but she evokes a playful innocence and pure despondency in that scene that is surprisingly heartbreaking. I've read that she wrote a journal from the point-of-view of her character while preparing for the role, and that seems to track onscreen. It is an exquisite scene, and it renders her the heart of the movie.

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by Anonymousreply 1002/22/2021

She was ok. Her beauty is superlative, and that’s the main thing.

by Anonymousreply 111/18/2019

Didn't she date her dad?

by Anonymousreply 211/18/2019

That movie is boring as shit. Never got why it became a classic.

by Anonymousreply 311/18/2019

I just peeked in to see if the obligatory "MARY!" post was there. Hopefully, DL has now retired that worn-out expression.

by Anonymousreply 411/18/2019

[quote]Hopefully, DL has now retired that worn-out expression.

Are you kidding, Mary?


Please continue (talking about this borefest).

by Anonymousreply 511/18/2019

I think that, more or less, only people who come from broken families are likely to find this film moving.

by Anonymousreply 611/18/2019

And, only if they can stay awake.

by Anonymousreply 711/18/2019

I liked Harry Dean Stanton. And it was nice to see Dean Stockwell still looking beautiful.

But Wenders never cast actresses well.

I recently rewatched Wings Of Desire, which was less lyrical, more New Age German naff. Peter Faulk’s earthy (hah!) charm was very necessary. But that pan faced leading lady on the trapeze was awful and undoubtedly fucking someone in production.

by Anonymousreply 811/18/2019

It was so good that it lulled me to sleep when I suffered from mild insomnia.

by Anonymousreply 911/19/2019

OP, I thought she was brilliant in this film. I think the scene between her and Harry Dean Stanton is one of the best in cinema, ever. Just incredible acting, writing, and directing. Kinski and Stanton should have received Oscar nominations.

I visited New York City a few years ago and bought a ticket to see Paris, Texas with a Q & A with Kinski. Of course, she canceled two days before. But I still attended the screening and I fell in love with the movie all over again.

This film and Tess are two of my favourite films.

by Anonymousreply 1002/22/2021
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