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ALICE IN THE CITIES
1973
 

Director:
Wim Wenders

Screenplay:
Wim Wenders
Veith v. Fürstenberg

Director of Photography:
Robby Müller

Editor:
Peter Przygodda

Music:
Can

Cast:
Rüdiger Vogler
Yella Rottländer
Lisa Kreuzer
Edda Köchl

Festivals/Awards:
1974 German Critics Prize

Producers:
Peter Genée
Wim Wenders

Production:
Wim Wenders Produktion

Length:
110 min.

Format:
16mm B&W

Original Title:
Alice in den Städten

Original Language:
German

Accepted to be one of Wenders' most poignant films and often compared to Chaplin's The Kid, Alice in the Cities was the first of Wim Wenders' films to be shot in part in the United States and subsequently won the 1974 German Critics Prize.


Phillip (Rüdiger Vogler) is a roving German reporter who, after a chance encounter with an elusive American woman, reluctantly accepts temporary custody of little Alice (Yella Rottländer).

 

Their friendship grows while traveling through various European cities on a search for the girl's grandmother. Inventive and witty, Wenders reflects on the influences of American pop culture on postwar Europe.


Alice in the Cities was the first of Wenders' "road" trilogy.
The follow-ups were:

Wrong Move (1975) and Kings of the Road (1976), both starring Rüdiger Vogler.

 

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