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Alice in the Cities

Alice in the Cities

Director: Wim Wenders

Country:  Germany

Year of Production:  1973

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Synopsis

One of the key films of the New German Cinema, ALICE IN THE CITIES marked the emergence of Wim Wenders as one of the most distinctive European filmmakers of the 1970s. It is also widely accepted to be one of the director's most poignant films and the first to be shot partly in the United States.

Philip Winter, a journalist with writer's block, becomes the guardian of eight year-old Alice (Yella Rottlander) when her mother leaves the girl with him briefly at an American airport, only never to return. Back in Germany, an unlikely friendship develops between the two as they embark on a journey to find Alice's grandmother.

Through Rudiger Vogler's portrayal of the embittered Winter, Wenders presents a stark but witty account of the changing face of Europe, the onset of global consumerism and the influences of American pop culture.

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Cast

Starring: 

Rudiger Vogler, Yella Rottlander, Lisa Kreuzer, Edda Kochl

Credits

Director: Wim Wenders

Writer(s): 

Wim Wenders, Veith Von Furstenberg

Producers: 

Wim Wenders, Peter Genee, Veith v. Furstenberg

Editor:  Peter Przygodda

Cinematographer:  Robby Müller

Production Details

Country:  Germany

Year of Production:  1973

Language:  German

Subtitles: 

  • English

Duration:  112 minutes

Shooting gauge:  16mm

Original aspect ratio:  1.66:1

Certificate: 

Genre(s): 

  • Drama
  • Road Movie

Theatrical Release Date:  4th January 2008

DVD Release Date:  26th May 2008

Also available on Blu-Ray:  11th December 2017

Reviews

TIM ROBEY, THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

"one of Wenders's crispest, finest moments"

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PETER BRADSHAW, THE GUARDIAN

"More distinctive than ever... an intriguing movie that lives in the mind for hours after the lights have come up"

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PETER BRADSHAW, THE GUARDIAN

TIME OUT

"a bittersweet gem...blissful...should not be missed"

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WENDY IDE, THE TIMES

"a tender but unsentimental portrait...there's a freshness and conviction to (Alice's) performance that gives the whole film its purpose and clarity"

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WENDY IDE, THE TIMES

JASON SOLOMONS, MAIL ON SUNDAY

"a gem... suffused with a typically wry humour and a gentle humanity that make this a reissue of considerable value"

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JASON SOLOMONS, MAIL ON SUNDAY

WALTER SALLES

"One of the films that altered my perception of cinema"

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