Netebook on Cities and Clothes (1989)

Notebook on Cities and Clothes

Saturday, September 19 - Monday, September 21, 2015

New 4k restoration — DCP projection

This “diary film,” as Wenders calls it, investigates the similarities of filmmaking craft to that of the Tokyo-based fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto, who, in the early 1980s, shocked and revolutionized the fashion world. Wenders shot the film mainly on his own, as a one-man crew. During the production, which stretched over a year, Yamamoto and Wenders became friends. Excerpt from Wenders’s narration of the film:

“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? . . . Filmmaking . . . should sometimes just be a way of life. Like going for a walk, reading a newspaper, writing something down, driving a car, or making this film. From day to day it writes itself, driven by the curiosity for the topic.”

Part of the retrospective “Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road”

  • Country West Germany/France
  • Language In English and Japanese with English subtitles
  • Rating NR
  • Year 1989
  • Running Time 81 minutes
  • Director Wim Wenders