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Lightning over Water


Nicholas Ray, Wim Wenders, Tom Farrell, Susan Ray,

When Nicholas Ray and Wim Wenders decided to make a film together, Ray had already undergone surgery for cancer. It was only after shooting began that the two directors fixed on the idea of taking their real-life situation as the film’s fiction: Wenders and Ray deciding to make a film with and about each other. Then, as Ray’s strength failed, it became, in his words, “a film about a man who wants to bring himself all together before he dies, a regaining of self-esteem.” Through his work with Wenders and the film crew, Ray transformed his dying into an act of collaboration.

  • Ed Lachman
Print Info
  • Color
  • DCP
  • 90 mins
Additional Info
  • DigiBeta transferred to DCP

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The cinema is Nicholas Ray (program note), Cinematheque Ontario/a division of Toronto International Film Festival Group, James Quandt, 2003

Lightning over water (program note), New York Film Festival, 1981

Nick's movie -- Lightning over water (program note), Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin, 1981

L'impudeur magnifique (interview), Nouvel observateur, 1980

Translated excerpts from an interview with Wim Wenders which appeared in the November 24th issue of Nouvel observateur (interview), 1980

Lightning over water (program note), Mill Valley Film Festival, 1980

Lightning over water (program note), Cannes Film Festival, Wim Wenders, 1980

Lightning over water (program note)

Lightning over water (program note), Cannes Film Festival, Wim Wenders

Nick's movie (program note), Florence Film Festival

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