Director Wim Wenders – one of the wunderkinder of the new German cinema – adapted this psychological thriller from the novel Ripley’s Game by Patricia Highsmith, one of a number of novels about the freebooting American hustler Tom Ripley and his shenanigans in international crime.
While marketing forged paintings in Hamburg, Ripley (Dennis Hopper in excellent form fresh from shooting on Apocalypse Now) meets Jonathan Zimmerman (Bruno Ganz), a decent, gentle picture framer innocently involved in the deal, who believes he is dying of a rare blood disease.
Approached by Frenchman Raoul Minot (Gérard Blain), who is anxious to find a non-professional assassin to carry out a highly-paid killing, Ripley suggests Jonathan, since the dying man will surely take drastic measures to secure financial security for his wife (Lisa Kreuzer, the director’s wife) and child.
With deeply conflicted emotions, Zimmerman kills a member of another underground art dealing organisation in the Paris Metro but is then asked to make another hit. Zimmerman is about to bungle the second hit (on a Munich-bound train) when Ripley turns up and helps him complete the dirty deed.
This latest killing launches a retaliation from other underworld figures and sets in motion a fast-paved 9But long and involved) conclusion to the film in which Zimmerman turns on Ripley despite his friendship to the German.
Not satisfied with a simple murder-thriller, Wenders thoroughly explores the neuroses of both Zimmerman and Ripley.
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