Paris, Texas (1984) There are men of few words, and then there's the man of no words who staggers, bleary-eyed and haunted, out of the humid Southwest desert in the opening frames of Paris, Texas . Who is this mute nomad, this traveler weathered by the harsh weather? Wearing decomposing shoes; a faded, red baseball cap; jeans and a tie; and the bearded, distinctive features of Alien actor Harry Dean Stanton , he seems to have returned from some private pilgrimage—or, more abstractly, to have been born from the dust itself. Collapsing inside a saloon, from exhaustion or dehydration or just the shock of civilization, the man awakes to a wanderlust renewed. He will trudge on, along some invisible path, toward some invisible horizon. "What's out there?" the cavalry, once arrived, demands to know. The man has no answers, just the apparent manifest destiny compelling him forward. Advertisement Travis, as it turns out, is the name of this enigmatic character, but that information—like everything else about Stanton's drifter protagonist—is only gradually revealed. Hell, a full 26 minutes elapse before he utters a single word, finally finding his voice in the backseat of a car. Paris, Texas thrives in the silence… Read full this story
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