American Friend
Release Date: 1977 ( Germany )
Director: Wim Wenders
Cast: Dennis Hopper, Bruno Ganz, Lisa Kreuzer
Tom Ripley, who deals in forged art, suggests a picture framer he knows would make a good hit man

Jonathan Zimmermann, a picture framer in Hamburg is diagnosed as having leukemia. Ripley, an American art dealer who deals in forgeries, uses this fact to arrange for a mob associate of his to recruit Zimmermann as a hit man. Zimmermann agrees to this to ensure his family’s financial future. Zimmermann descends into a nightmare world of deceit and double dealing. The narrative acts as a metaphor for the relationship between American (Hollywood) and post-war German culture. The appearance of several Hollywood directors in cameo roles underlines this.

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