A flash of hot pink caught my attention when I was in Paris last month. The words “Paris, Texas” and “version restaurée” were printed beneath the uncertain face of a beautiful blonde. In a corner of the poster was the Palme d’Or logo of the Cannes Film Festival.

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Back in AB’s apartment, I told him about this movie poster, as well as that for a few other restored award-winning films such as Jacques Tati’s Playtime – in the metro station. We eventually found out that these were part of the Cannes Classics series, for which a selection of cinematic masterpieces from past decades have been digitally restored and presented on the big screen once again.

One month later, we were back in Paris together to watch “Paris, Texas“. Awarded the Palme d’Or in 1984, the film was directed by Wim Wenders and starred Harry Dean Stanton and Nastassja Kinski – all of whom I had not heard previously. I had no idea what to expect when we entered the cinema.

What a terrific surprise it turned out to be! I was enthralled from the moment the film started with wide shots of the barren Texas desert as Stanton’s character, Travis stumbled through in a cap, suit and tie.

“Paris, Texas” was 147 minutes long and had me in suspense throughout as pieces of the puzzle surrounding Travis’ four-year disappearance gradually came together. But not without unexpected surprises in the plot.

The acting by Stanton and Kinski, as well as that of Hunter Carson who played the child of the two, was brilliant. As was the soundtrack by Ry Cooder, who AB mentioned – several times (he was notably impressed by this detail) – had produced the Buena Vista Social Club album.

I’m not going to say anything more about this film other than to encourage you to watch it!

By the way, we saw “Paris, Texas” at Louxor cinema, which reopened last year after being closed for more than 20 years.

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Located in the 10th arrondissement, in the north of Paris, Louxor first opened its doors in 1921. The cinema was designed by Henri Zipcy and features an impressive neo-Egyptian architecture and elegant mosaic artwork.

In 1983, the building was sold to the Tati group – which I associate with cheap and low-quality clothes. The new owner turned Louxor into a nightclub: Renamed as “Megatown”, this became the largest gay discotheque in the City of Light.

Megatown closed in 1988 and the historic building, which was classified as a listed monument in 1981, was left abandoned. Fortunately, it was brought back to life following a major two-year renovation, allowing us to enjoy art house films within its glorious interiors!

Before I end this post, here’s a photo that I took in Paris – inspired by Paris, Texas.

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13 replies on “Have you been to Paris, Texas?

  1. I like the contrast in relationship between colors. And it being not technically perfect makes the image even more magical to my eyes. Thank you for sharing this.

  2. Oh, beautiful photo!
    I have always been curious about this film. I will not be as lucky as to watch in such glorious surroundings as you but I will cozy up at home and enjoy it all the same. Lovely post, Angelina x

  3. Glad you got introduced to Wim Wenders’ world in such majestic surroundings! We’ll be sure to check out Louxor in one of the future visits… need to watch Paris, Texas again though – can’t remember the soundtrack. Last time I watched it, it was ten years ago in an open-air cinema in Athens. Very romantic but too many distractions!

    Love the flashy pink skirt! The things one sees in Paris!… 😉

  4. I watched Paris Texas many years ago, when it arrived in Italy. Love it, as I love most of Wenders movies. I also am a fan of Wim Wenders both as film director and as photographer. A few weeks ago he was in Milan for a conference (one hour from my home) and I had planned to go with a book from him I bought many years ago to be signed (maybe). Unfortunately I made a terrific mistake when writing the date in my agenda because I wrote the correct place, correct time but in the wrong day page: one day too late 😦 My mistake !
    For sure you were in a beautiful theater and it must have been an emotion to watch such a movie in such an historical place!
    robert
    PS: great combination of colors in your photo!

    1. Oh no, Robert, so sorry to hear that you missed meeting him! Maybe another time! I didn’t know that he has also published photo books – was just looking at them.

  5. Unreal film .. My long time favourite and in the 10 dessert island movies. As everything by Wim Wenders, incl his photography ! For even more WOW – try all music by David Lynch and his art too !

    1. 🙂 I’ve only watched Mulholland Drive. It was more than a decade ago and I remember the cinematography was gorgeous though I didn’t quite understand the movie! Think I’ll have to re-watch it sometime.

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