1hr 47mins

The first in Wim Wenders’ Road trilogy (followed by The Wrong Move, 1975, and Kings of the Road, 1976), Alice in the Cities was the first film in which thematically and stylistically Wenders began to discover and assert his unique directorial vision.

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Wim Wenders Retrospective
Wim Wenders
Contains one use of mild language
Contains Foreign Language Subtitles

A German journalist (Rüdiger Vogler) travels across America in research for an article that he seems unable or unwilling to write, meanwhile American landscape passes by with the same blank and quietly sad indifference that characterises his aimless mood.

His journey changes direction after meeting a woman (Lisa Kreuzer) who unexpectedly leaves her young daughter (Yellä Rotlander) in his care, subsequently beginning an unlikely friendship between him and the child – both lost together on a meandering road trip.

Partly a response to the novelist Peter Handke’s lucid and unsentimental prose, Wenders conjures his own stark lyricism, a vision furthered by the central performances of Vogler (The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick, The Wrong Move) and the young Rotlander (The Scarlet Letter) who reach a kind of mesmeric candour.

Beautifully shot on 16mm with glowing black and white, this is a film that redefined the ‘road movie’.

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