While I am not a huge Wim Wenders fan, there are a number of scenes I could pick from Paris, Texas (1984), which I believe to be his one and only masterpiece. I could listen to Harry Dean Stanton tell just about any story, but hearing him tell this story about a jealous love gone mad was is a bit of film magic for me, and also hit very close to home back in the 80s and 90s. From his well-groomed hair to turning the chair around to the pure voyeurism of watching Nastassja Kinski slowly come to the realization of who is telling his this tale. Watching people struggling through the emotional minefield that is love and loss is maybe one of the hardest things to capture honestly on film—perhaps the only thing harder is good comedy—and this scene nails it like few others have. If you have any heart at all, it’s likely to be etched in you mind for a long time to come. And, for the record, if I didn’t choose this scene I would have chose the one where Harry Dean is washing the dishes and crooning in Spanish—that’s something special in its own right.
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