Re: RARA-AVIS: Wenders: The American Friend (1976)

From: Jeff Vorzimmer (
Date: 20 Aug 2006

> Some say it's unfaithful to the Highsmith novel (Ripley's Game); some say
> Hopper is bizarrely miscast as Ripley. Some say that it's a metaphor for
(and I
> suppose criticism of) the relationship between the U.S. and Germany.

But this aspect was true to the book. Her books are very anti-American and got progressively more so through out her career. Ripley himself is a symbol. He symbolizes the dark side of the American psyche.


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