Sounds from The American Friend

This is intended to be an ad hoc review of the sounds from Wim Wenders' film The American Friend. These are lines, or exchanges, of dialog that I find stick with me, and contribute to my coming back to this film again and again. This presentation is intended only as cinematic criticism (and is therefore fair use under copyright law).

These were all sampled in mono, 8 bits, 11kHz -- for each, I've provided the length in seconds and the size of the .wav file.

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The American Friend

Directed by Wim Wenders

Written by Wim Wenders, based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith

Starring Dennis Hopper, Bruno Ganz, Lisa Kreuzer, Gérard Blain, Nicholas Ray, and Samuel Fuller


     "When did you leave Hamburg?"
     "This morning. ... How's your wife?"
     "What wife? When do you go back?"
     "I think that you are not a very serious man."
     "I think this is serious. I sold one painting, I'm ready to sell another one."
     "How much?"
     "That's $2,000 for you. I told you I've got a good eye."
     "Take care of it. A new one's hard to buy."
     "Don't you think I know that?!"


     "Do you wear that hat in Hamburg?"
     "What's wrong with a cowboy in Hamburg?"


     "It's December 6th, 1976. ... There's nothing to fear but fear itself. ... I know less and less about who I am, or who anybody else is."


     "Even this river -- this river reminds me of another river. ... And, that river flows / It flows to the sea / And wherever that river goes / God knows / That's where I want to be."


     "What's wrong with you?"
     "I'm confused."
     "Don't try to be a nice guy."
     "I want to go home."
     "Let me love you for your money."
     "I'm confused!"
     "Close the doors, they'll come in through the windows. ... A little older, a little more confused."


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