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Alice in the Cities(Alice in den Städten)

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West Germany · 1974
1h 50m
Director Wim Wenders
Starring Rüdiger Vogler, Yella Rottländer, Lisa Kreuzer, Edda Köchl
Genre Drama

German journalist Philip Winter, flying back to Germany from the United States, encounters a German woman and her nine year old daughter Alice doing the same. The three become friends 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 flying back, Winter and Alice wander through various European cities on a quest for Alice’s grandmother in this contemplative road movie.

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Hardly must-see Wenders, but for fans of his road movies, it remains a treat.


The New Yorker by Richard Brody

With this film, Wenders crystallized his style of existential sentimentality. His cool eye for urbanism and design blends a love of kitsch with a hatred for commercialism, historicism with a fear of history’s ghosts.

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