LIGHTNING OVER WATER
- Director: Wim Wenders, Nicholas Ray
- Cast: Nicholas Ray, Wim Wenders, Ronee Blakley, Susan Ray, Tom Farrell
- Year of Release: 1980
- Running Time: 86mins
- Certificate: 15
- Country of Origin: Sweden, West Germany
- Language: English
- English Subtitles?: N/A
- Available Formats: N/A - Screen from your own copy
"Since what early age have I wanted to die? Perhaps not die, but experience death. To experience death without dying seemed like a natural goal for me." - Nicholas Ray
WIM WENDERS first met the legendary maverick director NICHOLAS RAY when he cast him in The American Friend. Their friendship developed and when it became clear that Ray's cancer was terminal, he agreed to make a film with his young director friend. What transpired now stands as a tribute to a great filmmaker and one of Wim Wenders? most personal films.
Like the themes raised in Alice in the Cities and Kings of the Road, LIGHTNING OVER WATER marks the terminal decline of one age of cinema. Nicholas Ray stood for rebellion against a system that often served him badly. However, on the occasions when Ray was permitted to pursue his vision, the results (Rebel Without a Cause, Johnny Guitar, The Lusty Men and Bigger Than Life) were remarkable.
Blurring the line between fiction and documentary, real life and celluloid fantasy, Lightning Over Water is a moving record of the power and allure of cinema.
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