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…
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Digital, rewatched. The film that inaugurates the North-American heritage and influence in Wenders, for its geography, urbanity and cinema, but also a film that makes with Germany what Robert Frank realized in "The Americans" - a contextual portrait of a landscape, a country and a society in which spaces and people fulfill the same dimension of "topos" and "pathos", being film its linguistic corpus.
Like a favourite old record whose grooves leave neural ones. We need to collectively come around to understanding that Alice in the Cities is as important to the history of cinema as Rome, Open City and Breathless.
Exceedingly lovely. Wenders is here investigating the divide, the often overwhelming empty space between what one sees & an image of what one sees. By the end, W.W. resolves this established thematic opposition in a manner that is touching, sincere, & wholly earned. These images and sounds are never flatly rendered, but rather constantly put in a playful dialogue w/ one another. The two lead performances are sacred.
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.
My favorite part is the one when Philip crash a TV-set because of commercials interruption during broadcast of Hawks' movie "Red line 7000". Wenders is a innovative stylist, and a brilliant prophet of modern times.