Sunday, March 9, 2008
Deep in the Heart of Texas
The way Ry Cooder recorded his spooky slide-guitar soundtrack for the 1984 movie Paris, Texas was this: He sat down in front of a huge screen showing the film, and he just played his guitar, improvising along with the emotion of the scenes in front of him. When he played something good enough to keep, he'd make a note of it, and maybe sweeten it later with a little extra instrumentation.
Ry Cooder isn't even the best reason to watch Paris, Texas, though: The best thing about it is Robby Muller's camerawork on location in Texas and the San Fernando Valley, which is some of the most gorgeous cinematography I've ever seen. If you get the DVD, be sure to listen to director Wim Wenders explaining how they got some of the more amazing colors and tricky photography in that movie. It's a real treat.