Friday Night Film - THE AMERICAN FRIEND

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Dennis Hooper stars as villainous con-artist Tom Ripley in Wim Wender’s transnational neo-noir THE AMERICAN FRIEND.
 
A loose adaptation of Riley’s Game from crime novelist Patricia Highsmith, Hooper brings his trademark menace and torment to this version of Ripley, a far cry from the charming impersonations we’ve seen from the likes of Alain Delon (Purple Noon) and Matt Damon (The Talented Mr. Ripley).
 
Wenders, aided by the gritty 70s aesthetic and pioneering fluorescent images from frequent collaborator and all-time great cinematographer Robby Müller, fused a European arthouse sensibility with mainstream noir as Ripley entangles a terminally ill craftsman (Bruno Ganz) in a murder plot amid the shady criminal underworld of Hamburg. 

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