Directed by Wim Wenders

Directed by Wim Wenders

12 Episodes

Turning seventy-five this August, Wim Wenders is cinema’s preeminent poet of the open road, soulfully tracing the journeys of wanderers and drifters searching for themselves. Over the course of his incredible five-decade career, Wenders has traversed the landscapes of his native Germany (ALICE IN THE CITIES, KINGS OF THE ROAD), the highways of the American Southwest (PARIS, TEXAS), and the dream worlds of angels (WINGS OF DESIRE), working with master cinematographers like Robby Müller and Henri Alekan to create some of the most indelible images in all of modern cinema. Moving restlessly between exquisite narrative works and innovative documentaries like TOKYO-GA and PINA, Wenders remains a vital and prolific creative force, following his inspiration across the world wherever it may lead.

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Directed by Wim Wenders
  • Wim Wenders Teaser

    Episode 1

  • Alice in the Cities

    Episode 2

    Directed by Wim Wenders • 1974 • West Germany
    Starring Rüdiger Vogler, Yella Rottländer, Elisabeth Kreuzer

    The first of the road films that would come to define the career of Wim Wenders, the magnificent ALICE IN THE CITIES is an emotionally generous and luminously shot odyssey. A German journal...

  • Wrong Move

    Episode 3

    Directed by Wim Wenders • 1975 • Germany
    Starring Hanna Schygulla, Peter Kern, Nastassja Kinski

    With depth and style, Wim Wenders updates a late-eighteenth-century novel by Goethe, transposing it to 1970s West Germany and giving us the story of an aimless writer (Rüdiger Vogler) who leaves his h...

  • Kings of the Road

    Episode 4

    Directed by Wim Wenders • 1976 • Germany
    Starring Rüdiger Vogler, Hanns Zischler

    A roving film projector repairman (Rüdiger Vogler) saves the life of a depressed psychologist (Hanns Zischler) who has driven his Volkswagen into a river, and they end up on the road together, traveling from one rur...

  • The American Friend

    Episode 5

    Directed by Wim Wenders • 1977 • Germany
    Starring Dennis Hopper, Bruno Ganz

    Wim Wenders pays loving homage to rough-and-tumble Hollywood film noir with THE AMERICAN FRIEND, a loose adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel “Ripley’s Game.” Dennis Hopper oozes quirky menace as an amoral American a...

  • Paris, Texas

    Episode 6

    Directed by Wim Wenders • 1984 • France, West Germany
    Starring Harry Dean Stanton, Dean Stockwell, Nastassja Kinski

    New German Cinema pioneer Wim Wenders (WINGS OF DESIRE) brings his keen eye for landscape to the American Southwest in PARIS, TEXAS, a profoundly moving character study written by ...

  • Tokyo-ga

    Episode 7

    Directed by Wim Wenders • 1985 • United States, Germany

    On the streets of Tokyo and in meetings with some of Yasujiro Ozu's legendary collaborators, renowned director Wim Wenders explores the world of Ozu, whom Wenders considers 'a sacred treasure of cinema.'

  • Wings of Desire

    Episode 8

    Directed by Wim Wenders • 1987 • Germany, France
    Starring Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin, Peter Falk

    WINGS OF DESIRE is one of cinema’s loveliest city symphonies. Bruno Ganz is Damiel, an angel perched atop buildings high over Berlin who can hear the thoughts—fears, hopes, dreams—of all the peopl...

  • Until the End of the World

    Episode 9

    Directed by Wim Wenders • 1991 • Germany, France, Australia
    Starring William Hurt, Solveig Dommartin, Sam Neill

    Conceived as the ultimate road movie, this decades-in-the-making science-fiction epic from Wim Wenders follows the restless Claire Tourneur (Solveig Dommartin) across continents as she...

  • Palermo Shooting

    Episode 10

    Directed by Wim Wenders • 2008 • Germany

    A photographer moves to Palermo in order to escape from his past. There, he meets a young woman and attempts to adhere to his new way of life.

  • Pina
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    Episode 11

    Pina

    Episode 11

    Directed by Wim Wenders • 2011 • France

    The boundless imagination and physical marvels of the work of the German modern-dance pioneer Pina Bausch leap off the screen in this exuberant tribute by Wim Wenders. A long-planned film collaboration between the director and the choreographer was in pr...

  • Same Player Shoots Again

    Episode 12

    Directed by Wim Wenders • 1968 • West Germany

    Wim Wenders’ second short film—and his first surviving work—is a fractured, experimental take on a crime thriller in which a single shot is repeated five times with five different color filters, a structure described by the director as having “a lot ...