The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

Paris, Texas

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 Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Sam Shepard. Paris, Texas follows the mysterious, nearly mute drifter Travis (a magnificent Harry Dean Stanton, whose face is a landscape all its own) as he tries to reconnect with his young son, living with his brother (Dean Stockwell) in Los Angeles, and his missing wife (Nastassja Kinski). From this simple setup, Wenders and Shepard produce a powerful statement on codes of masculinity and the myth of the American family, as well as an exquisite visual exploration of a vast, crumbling world of canyons and neon.


“One of Wenders’s best films, a stirring portrait of people striving against their disconnect that resists simple answers even as it rewards our emotional investment.” — James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk

“Deservedly winning Cannes Fest top award, Wim Wenders’ brilliant film is a personal meditation on the relative power of images and words, as well as a contribution to the modern Western and journey pictures as uniquely American genres.” — Emmanuel Levy, EmmanuelLevy.com

“Paris, Texas belongs to the rare tradition of American art that, along with Robert Altman’s 3 Women and David Hockney’s Pearblossom Highway, actually fills me with nostalgic love for the sleepy Southwest.” — Joseph John Lanthier, Slant Magazine