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Alice in the Cities

(Alice in den Städten)
West Germany 1974. Dir: Wim Wenders. 112 min. DCP

NEW RESTORATION! ► Alice in the Cities, Wim Wenders’s fourth feature, is one of his emblematic works — a touching road-movie tale of loss, longing, and existential questing that anticipates his later Paris, Texas. (It’s also reminiscent of 1973’s Paper Moon; the original script was even more similar, but Wenders substantially rewrote Alice after seeing Peter Bogdanovich’s film). Wenders regular Rüdiger Vogler plays a world-weary German journalist who loses his faith in words during an extended American sojourn. Suddenly saddled with an abandoned nine-year-old girl, he reluctantly agrees to accompany the child on a journey across Germany in search of her grandmother. Scored by pioneering Krautrock band Can, shot in moody monochrome by Robbie Müller, and loaded with the director’s characteristic ambivalence about American culture, Alice “confirmed Wenders’s place as one of the leaders of the New German Cinema" (Philip French, The Guardian).

 

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"With this film, Wenders crystallized his style of existential sentimentality."

Richard Brody | full review