Memories of The American Friend

  • Wim Wenders
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Adaptation and Visual Culture book series (PSADVC)


In this piece, written for the original press materials that accompanied the release of The American Friend in 1977, director Wim Wenders looks back upon what sparked his initial interest in the writings of Patricia Highsmith and his problems in adapting the novel Ripley’s Game to the screen. Remembering that it was Highsmith’s plot that drew him to the material, as well as her truthfulness as an author, Wenders admits that as an adaptor, he had to come to terms with wanting to follow the characters and the story beyond the confines of the novel.


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  • Wim Wenders
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  1. 1.Verlag der AutorenFrankfurt am MainGermany

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