Melinda Camber Porter in conversation with Wim Wender on the set of Paris, Texas. December, 1983.
The conversation between Wim Wenders and Melinda Camber Porter (1953-2008) took place on location in December 1983, while Mr. Wenders was shooting his first American Film, Paris Texas. With this publication, we have an opportunity to listen to Wim Wenders discuss his approach to filmmaking, in conversation with Melinda Camber Porter, during the development and filmmaking process of Paris Texas. America was a place of European immigrants, German immigrants, and a vast land stretching to California. Men and women were becoming disillusioned and seeking that something just out of reach.
Melinda Camber Porter: “When you say men have certain expectations of women, what exactly do you mean?"
Wim Wenders: “We still have to find out what we mean by that, because ‘the character’ hasn’t really understood that yet [in shooting the film, Paris Texas]. The character is getting ready to confront the issue. I do not work so a film is laid out and people can spell it out. I work much more on intuition … Sometimes film making is very much based on very subconscious choices or intuitions.”