German journalist Philip Winter has a case of writer’s block when trying to write an article about the United States. He decides to return to Germany, and while trying to book a flight, encounters a German woman and her nine year old daughter Alice doing the same. The three become friends (almost out of necessity) and while the mother asks Winter to mind Alice temporarily, it quickly becomes apparent that Alice will be his responsibility for longer than he expected. After returning to Europe, the innocent friendship between Winter and Alice grows as they travel together through various European cities on a quest for Alice’s grandmother. –IMDb
Born in Dusseldorf just after the end of World War II, German film director Wim Wenders grew up with an insatiable appetite for American movies. Not all that interested in big-budget products, he, instead, developed a fascination with B-movies, notably melodramas and Westerns. After studying Medicine and Philosophy in his native country, Wenders took up art in Paris (a mecca for viewing American films), and then returned to his homeland to attend Munich’s Academy of Film and Television. Like many of his French movie-fan brethren, Wenders began his career writing film criticism before directing a few short subjects of his own, and, in 1970, he and several other young filmmakers formed a production-distribution firm, Filmverlag Der Autoren. Summer in the City (1970) was Wenders’ first feature film, but it was his 1973 adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter that first brought him attention outside of Germany. The film included many accomplishments, most notably coaxing… read more
Wenders is King of the road movie and this beautiful work, one of the finest in the genre, is widely considered to be one of the key films of the '70's New German cinema movement. A journalist with writer's block becomes guardian to a young girl when her mother deserts them in New York. The odd couple then travel back to Germany and an unlikely friendship develops between them on the road. A wistful, bittersweet gem.
The incidental music, the black and white, the landscapes, the fact that everyone was lost in their own way... everything is so devastatingly beautiful and sad it felt like a dream. Wim Wenders you did it again.
The renowned editor worked with Wenders, Syberberg, Schlöndorff, Lemke and Karmakar.
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Had any other director made a film with the same amount of vagueness and plot holes as Wenders did with ‘Alice In The Cities’ id be criticizing it left & right. But for some strange reason it doesn… read review
Alice in the cities is a film that filled with consistently good scene along the film, and i think this film deserve to stand alongside truffaut’s 400 blows for the most consistent quality in a film… read review
This is still my favourite Wim Wenders film. Wonderfully photgraphed, impeccably acted by Rudiger Vogler and Yella Rottlander and beautiful in it’s simplicity. It’s about a German photographer in New… read review