Docpoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival

Programme (2020)

Notebook on Cities and Clothes (2020)

In A Notebook on Cities and Clothes, Wim Wenders, whose previous documentaries include Chambre 666 and Tokyo-Ga, offers a handsome, clever portrait of revered Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto.

Along with his countrymen Issey Miyake and Rei Kawakubo, Yamamoto is one of the few modern designers who can truly be called an artist. His clothes combine function with breathtaking beauty, incorporating a purity of line, a sensual correctness of fabric and a compelling rigor of color–primarily black, white, navy and red–which make them instantly identifiable as his, as well as a sublime luxury to wear. They succeed in making the wearer look both sexy and intellectual: the ultimate equation of chic. Wenders became interested in his subject when he first wore a Yamamoto shirt and jacket, which he says seemed old and yet new at the same time. He felt protected in the garments, like a knight in armor.

Wenders brings his usual puckish sense of humor to the proceedings. There’s his neverending delight with the latest technology of film and videomaking (for which the Japanese provide an even more fertile field than fashion), his sense of Yamamoto as a somewhat monkish misfit, their deadpan semi-serious duologues while playing pool. Wenders’s running theme throughout seems to be a technological monologue going on in his head, which is also evident in Until the End of the World. Some of the rather oblique issues which obsess him: “Can we trust the electronic image? With the latest digital and video technologies, original images have ceased to exist. Everything is a copy now.”

TV Guide

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Film Title : Notebook on Cities and Clothes
Language : englanti, japani
Director : Wim Wenders
Year : 1989
Length : 81
Age limit : S
Format : DCP
Cinematographer : Robby Müller
Editing : Dominique Auvray
Music : Laurent Petitgand
Producer : Wim Wenders, Ulrich Felsberg
Production Company : Road Movies Filmproduktion GmbH

Screenings :
Fri 31.1. at 15.00, Orion