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Alice in the Cities (1974)

Alice in den Städten (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 17 May 1974 (West Germany)
A German journalist is saddled with a nine-year-old girl after encountering her mother at a New York airport.


Wim Wenders


Wim Wenders, Veith von Fürstenberg (contributing writer)
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Complete credited cast:
Rüdiger Vogler ... Philip Winter
Yella Rottländer ... Alice van Damm
Lisa Kreuzer ... Lisa van Damm (as Elisabeth Kreuzer)
Edda Köchl ... Angela - Friend in New York
Ernest Boehm ... Publisher
Sam Presti Sam Presti ... Car Dealer
Lois Moran ... Airport Hostess
Didi Petrikat Didi Petrikat ... Woman at Swimming Park
Hans Hirschmüller ... Police Officer
Sibylle Baier Sibylle Baier ... Woman on Ferry
Mirko Mirko ... Boy Singing Next to Jukebox


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 Karl Engel <cassiel@ix.netcom.com>

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Peter Handke, Austrian novelist and frequent Wenders collaborator, can be seen at about 1:22, in the Chuck Berry concert, sitting next to Rüdiger Vogler's character. See more »


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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A simple, yet profound story
3 December 2018 | by naaarfDESee all my reviews

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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