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Type: Director
Nationality: German
Date of Birth: 08/14/1945


 

Wim Wenders Quotes > Entertainment today...

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Entertainment today constantly emphasises the message that things are wonderful the way they are. But there is another kind of cinema, which says that change is possible and necessary and it's up to you.
Wim Wenders
About: Change

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