Nick's Film - Lightning Over Water

Nick's Film - Lightning Over Water

Director: Wim Wenders, Nicholas Ray

Country:  Germany

Year of Production:  1980

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"Since what early age have I wanted to die? Perhaps not die, but experience death. To experience death without dying seemed like a natural goal for me." - Nicholas Ray

WIM WENDERS first met the legendary maverick director NICHOLAS RAY when he cast him in The American Friend. Their friendship developed and when it became clear that Ray's cancer was terminal, he agreed to make a film with his young director friend. What transpired now stands as a tribute to a great filmmaker and one of Wim Wenders? most personal films.

Like the themes raised in Alice in the Cities and Kings of the Road, LIGHTNING OVER WATER marks the terminal decline of one age of cinema. Nicholas Ray stood for rebellion against a system that often served him badly. However, on the occasions when Ray was permitted to pursue his vision, the results (Rebel Without a Cause, Johnny Guitar, The Lusty Men and Bigger Than Life) were remarkable.

Blurring the line between fiction and documentary, real life and celluloid fantasy, Lightning Over Water is a moving record of the power and allure of cinema.

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Starring:  Nicholas Ray, Wim Wenders, Ronee Blakley, Susan Ray, Tom Farrell


Director: Wim Wenders, Nicholas Ray

Writer(s):  Wim Wenders, Nicholas Ray


Pierre Cottrell, Chris Sievernich

Production Details

Country:  Germany

Year of Production:  1980

Language:  English

Duration:  86 minutes

Shooting gauge:  35mm

Original aspect ratio:  1.66:1



  • Documentary

DVD Release Date:  27th October 2008

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