Alice in the Cities

Alice in the Cities

(Alice in den Städten)
(1974)

Oscar-nominee Wim Wenders's fourth film and first entry in his Road Movie trilogy which includes Wrong Move and Kings of the Road.... More

"The journalist Phillip Winter wants to write a story about America. But when he’s unable to deliver the text and has only managed to collect a series of Polaroids, he disappointedly prepares to travel back home to Germany. When his flight is delayed, he reluctantly agrees to take care of little Alice, because her mother, who he has met in New York the day before, still has pressing business to attend to in the city. In Amsterdam, the mother fails to show up as they had agreed. So Winter and Alice set out on their way to the Ruhr region to search for Alice’s grandmother. Over the course of their common odyssey their initial dislike for each other is transformed into heart-felt affection." (Berlin International Film Festival)Hide

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  • A fine and perhaps unique example of that trickiest of genres, the road movie, and the sort of film that really does deserve the cliched response: they don't make them like that any more, because they really don't. Full Review

  • There are points when the director allows his voice to ring a little loudly from behind the camera, but the richness and depth of both the photography and the characterisation manage to brush any signs of preachiness and sentimentality from view. Full Review