Notebooks on Cities and Clothes

This “diary film,” as Wenders calls it, investigates the similarities of the filmmaking craft to that of the Tokyo-based fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto, who, in the early 1980s, shocked and revolutionized the fashion world with his avant-garde designs. Wenders shot the film on his own, without the use of a film crew. During this unusual production, which stretched out over the course of a year, Yamamoto and Wenders became friends. “Fashion. I got nothing to do with that. At least that was my reaction when the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris asked me if I would like to make a short film about a fashion designer . . . The world of fashion. I am interested in the world, not in fashion. But maybe my judgment was premature. Why shouldn’t I try to approach the topic without prejudices? Why not look at fashion like any other industry, the film industry, for example?”—Wim Wenders.

Genres: Documentary, Diary

Other Films by Wim Wenders

sebastiao salgado

The Salt of the Earth

For the last 40 years, Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado has been travelling through the continents, witnessing some of the major events of our recent history: international conflicts, starvation, and exodus. After documenting so much human trauma and exploitation, he is now dedicating his talents to revealing pristine territories, wild fauna, and flora as part of

Wim Wenders' Shorts

Wim Wenders’ Short Films

Before delving into the world of feature filmmaking, Wenders got his start with several short films made in the last years of the 1960’s, which he shot on both 16mm and 35mm film stock. The films include the structuralist experiment in color entitled Same Player Shoots Again (1967); Silver City (1969), one of Wenders’ student

Buena Vista 2

Buena Vista Social Club

In 1998, Wenders embarked on a trip to Havana with his old friend and collaborator Ry Cooder, who wanted to record a series of musical collaborations with local Cuban musicians. Accompanied by a small film crew, Wenders was able to capture the inception and execution of a project which grew into a worldwide cultural phenomenon.

UntilEndofWorld

Until the End of the World

In order to enable his blind wife (Jeanne Moreau) to see, Dr. Farber (Max von Sydow) invents a process that makes it possible to transmit the images recorded in the brains of sighted people directly into the visual systems of blind people. Farber’s son Sam (William Hurt) sets out on a journey around the world

Reverse Angle (1982)

Reverse Angle

“Reverse Angle was my first diary film. It is about “new wave music” (among others Jim Jarmusch’s Del Byzanteens), about straying in New York, about the editing process of Hammett in the presence of Francis Ford Coppola, about a novel by Emanuel Bove and about Edward Hopper. And, somehow, the whole thing was a reflection about