Robby Müller, Celebrated Cinematographer Of ‘Repo Man’ and ‘Ghost Dog,’ Dies At Age 78

Robby Müller, the famed Dutch cinematographer responsible for shooting some of the greatest films of modern times — earning him the nickname “Master of Light” for his dazzling compositions of color and natural light — has passed away in Amsterdam just three months after celebrating his 78th birthday.

Müller’s family confirmed his death to the Dutch publication De Volksrant, stating that he had been seriously ill for a long time. As a cinematographer, Müller frequently worked with acclaimed directors like Wim Wenders, Jim Jarmusch, and Lars von Trier, applying his unique visual style to some of their best films.

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Blu-ray Review: Paris, Texas

Paris, Texas – ***1/2
Criterion Collection – Blu-ray
Directed by Wim Wenders
Starring Harry Dean Stanton, Nastassja Kinski, Dean Stockwell, Aurore Clement, Hunter Carson
Release date: January 26, 2010

What a way to open a film. The image first seen conjures up a mood that is sustained throughout the entire picture. It is of a splendidly eerie sight, showing a lonely man strolling aimlessly amidst towering mountains that resemble Monument Valley in which John Ford filmed The Searchers – in which Paris, Texas resembles in a way – with a rugged, dirty suit on, wearing a tattered red baseball cap and clutching an empty jug of water as if his life is depending on it. He has been roaming for days it seems. Just glance down at his shoes, or at least what is left of them, for further evidence of the many miles of terrain this man must have journeyed over. Four years he has appeared this way. Probably shunning reality away every time it manages to creep close to him and running from inner fears that bind him to his past life. There is no doubt he is searching for something. Something that is fearful and passionate only to him. But why? For what? Paris, Texas will slowly expand its straight-edged narrative to expound upon these questions. While all the while doom is looming in the air and the ghastly guitar music is alluding to an act of terror that may have already happened or has yet to have occurred. German director Wim Wenders is able to pierce the heart and confound the mind within the very first sequence of his film: A work of a European in a manner that is so Americana.

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