Lightning Over Water

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Directed by Nicholas Ray and Wim Wenders.
Germany/Sweden, 1980, digital video, color, 91 min.

Made while Ray was dying of cancer, Wenders’ penetrating tribute film, co-directed by Ray, ultimately reveals itself to be as complex as its subject, combining elements of the home movie, documentary, essay and fiction film in an effort to pay homage to Ray and the ideas that have been the focus of his life and career – the cinema, father-son relationships, the quest of the isolated individual to carve out a space for themselves in the world. With its jarring and unsettling images of a visibly stricken Ray, the film, which concludes with Ray’s wake aboard a ship in the East River, is a melancholy and heartbreaking farewell to one of the great American directors.

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