Director Nicholas Ray is eager to complete a final film before his imminent death from cancer. Wim Wenders is working on his own film Hammett (1982) in Hollywood, but flies to New York to help Ray realize his final wish. Ray’s original intent is to make a fiction film about a dying painter who sails to China to find a cure for his disease. He and Wenders discuss this idea, but it is obviously unrealistic given Ray’s state of health.

Playtime: 91 minutes
Production country / language: Sweden, West Germany / English
Production year: 1980
Director(s): Wim Wenders, Nicholas Ray
Producer(s): Wim Wenders, Pierre Cottrell, Chris Sievernich
Genre: Documentary
Cast: Gerry Bamman, Tom Farrell, Nicholas Ray, Wim Wenders, Ronee Blakley, Pierre Cottrell

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