I woke up to the news that Robby Müller, one of my favourite cinematographers, had passed away overnight. While I was immediately saddened, memories came flooding back that helped me to put it all in perspective.
On my first trip to Europe after High School, my friends and I went to visit the Berlin Film Museum. The place was like nothing I’d ever seen, a psychedelic experience featuring room after room of German film history. There were mirrored rooms, dark passages with a lone black-and-white TV screen, corridors of costumes and props and a memorabilia section towards the end.
It was here that I spied a piece of fan-mail that I never forgot. The hand-written letter was scrawled to Wim Wenders from a teenage Jim Jarmusch — writing to tell him how much his film ‘Paris, Texas’ had changed his life forever.
I still remember watching ‘Paris, Texas' as a teenager myself and being bowled over at its sense of scope. There was a silence between the characters that felt so honest. It spoke of a shared pain that we all carry inside of us.
Thank you for sharing your visions with the world, Robby. Your memory will always live on in the beautiful stories you’ve left behind.