1981 German Film
Prize in Silver
Road Movies Filmproduktion/Berlin
Nick's Film - Lightning Over Water
Nick’s Film – Lightning over Water is a penetrating and touching film of the last
days of cult American director Nicholas Ray, most well-known
for Rebel Without a
."I knew that he wanted to work, to die working", Wim Wenders says in the movie.
And through his work with Wenders and the crew, Ray
transformed his dying into an act of collaboration and a work
slowly of terminal cancer, Ray chose not to institutionalize
himself in a hospice and fade away in an old people's home
but stayed in his modest New York City loft, surrounded by
his closest friends -- a sharp and poignant contrast to the
comparative luxury of his Hollywood years.
film is lovingly assembled by Wenders, whose reverence of
Ray is evident in every frame of his own work. Ray reflects on a lifetime of accomplishments, failures and compromises,
and reminisces about Joan Crawford, James Dean and the many
other Hollywood stars that appeared in his films.
'The film follows the progress of
death, for once really at work, in 35 mm and on video,
in an inside/outside organic continuity. Wenders, and us with
him, get used to the idea of death - that neither he who makes
a movie nor he who looks at it are immortal.
The central issue of the contract between Wim and Nick is
the act of love from the young director to his cursed father/master
- an identification that is also an exorcism.'