German journalist Philip Winter has a case of writer's block when trying to write an article about the United States. He decides to return to Germany, and while trying to book a flight, encounters a German woman and her nine year old daughter Alice doing the same. The three become friends (almost out of necessity) and while the mother asks Winter to mind Alice temporarily, it quickly becomes apparent that Alice will be his responsibility for longer than he expected. After returning to Europe, the innocent friendship between Winter and Alice grows as they travel together through various European cities on a quest for Alice's grandmother.Written by
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At 59:17 when Alice is coming out of the toilet, the door handle in the close-up is reverse (l-r) compared with the next shot when she opens the door. See more »
Philip 'Phil' Winter:
I got completely lost. It was a horrible journey. Once you leave New York City nothing changes anymore. It all looks the same. You can't imagine anything anymore. Above all, you can't imagine any change. I became estranged from myself. All I could imagine was going on and on like this forever. Some nights, I was sure I would go back the next morning. But then I'd keep on driving, listening to that vulgar radio and every night in a motel that looked just like all the others before. I'd watch ...
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To me, ALICE IN THE CITIES seems to be about the artificial world a lense creates. And a lense can be a lot of things - a TV screen, camera, windshield, windows, binoculars, mirrors, even loudspeakers. Everything is distorting reality. But I do not think, Wenders tries to criticize media per se. The criticism is aimed at living life through a series of filters which leads to loss of reality and oneself. Which in turn is paradoxical, because ALICE IN THE CITIES was created through a lense and meant to be consumed through a lense. But in the end, and that is also reflected in the movie, a lense is also a way to flee into said distorted reality.
With this movie, Wenders seems to lay the groundwork for masterpieces like PARIS, TEXAS and WINGS OF DESIRE in telling a simple, yet profound story, which stays with you for a long time because it's timeless.
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