Notebook on Cities and Clothes

This “diary film” as Wenders called it, investigates the similarities of his craft, filmmaking and that of the Tokyo based fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto. In the early 1980s, he shocked and revolutionized the fashion world. Wenders shot the film mainly on his own as a one-man team. During the shooting, which stretched over the course of a year, Yamamoto and Wenders became friends.

Extracts from Wenders narrating voice of the film: “Fashion. I got nothing to do with that. At least that was my reaction when the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris asked me if I would like to make a short film about a fashion designer.”

“The world of fashion. I am interested in the world, not in fashion. But maybe my judgement was premature. Why shouldn’t I try to approach the topic without prejudices. Why not look at fashion like any other industry, the film industry for example?”

“Filmmaking…should sometimes just be a way of life. Like going for a walk, reading a newspaper, writing something down, driving a car, or making this film. From day to day it writes itself, driven by the curiosity for the topic.


West Germany/ France 1988/89
Length: 81 min, 2216 m
Format: 35mm; color, 1:1.37; stereo
Language: English, Japanese

4K Restoration 2014, 4K DCP

Cast and crew

Production: Road Movies Filmproduktion GmbH (Berlin) Director: Wim Wenders Producer: Wim Wenders, Ulrich Felsberg Script: Wim Wenders Director of Photography: Robby Müller Editor: Dominique Auvray Sound: Jean-Paul Mugel Music: Laurent Petitgand Cast/Participants: Wim Wenders, Yohji Yamamoto

Idea: François Burckhardt Commentary/Interviews: Wim Wenders Assistant Camera: Muriel Edelstein, Uli Kudicke, Wim Wenders, Masatoshi Nakajima, Masashi Chikamori Assistant Editor: Lenie Savietto, Anne Schnee Songs: Akira Miyoshi, Keiichi Ohta, Koji Ueno Sound Assistant: Axel Arft, Reiner Lorenz Editorial Office: France Grand Line Producer: Ulrich Felsberg Production Coordinator: Dagmar Forelle Unit Manager: François Mallard (Paris) Title Design: Studio Bartoschek Office: Catherine Gravereaux In Cooperation with: Centre de Creation Industrielle (Paris), Centre National d’Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou (Paris) First Distribution: Impuls Film Theatrical Release (DE): 29.03.1990 World Sales: HanWay Films

Blu-ray & DVD

Language/Sound: German, English, French, Italian, Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Subtitles: German
Image Format: 1,78:1

BAC Films
Language/Sound: English, French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Subtitles: French
Image Format: 1.33:1

Axiom Films
Language/Sound: English, Japanese, French (Stereo 2.0)
Subtitles: English
Image Format: 1,78:1

Ripley’s Home Video
Language/Sound: Italian, English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Subtitles: Italian
Image Format: 1,77:1

Anchor Bay
Language/Sound: German (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Subtitles: English
Image Format: 1,77:1


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