UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD (dir. Wim Wenders, 1991, Germany, France, Australia, United States, Spine #1007).
Epic not just in its five-hour length, Wim Wenders’s near-future near-apocalypse vibe of a movie tracks the wanderings of Solveig Dommartin’s Parisian malcontent as she pushes out into the world away from a suffocatingly doting Sam Neill. When a carful of cash falls in her lap, she takes chase after William Hurt’s enigmatic hitchhiker, willing to follow him to the ends of the earth. The mood is mesmerizing, featuring eerily prescient technological predictions and a truly killer soundtrack made up of original recordings from (among others) Patti Smith, David Byrne, Julee Cruise, Lou Reed, and Nick Cave.
The Bri-terion Collection
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