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Alice in the Cities

Wim Wenders

 
  • Germany
  • 1974
  • 113 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.66:1
  • German
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  • Spine #814

The first of the road films that would come to define the career of Wim Wenders, the magnificent Alice in the Cities is an emotionally generous and luminously shot odyssey. A German journalist (Rüdiger Vogler) is driving across the United States to research an article; it’s a disappointing trip, in which he is unable to truly connect with what he sees. Things change, however, when he has no choice but to take a young girl named Alice (Yella Rottländer) with him on his return trip to Germany, after her mother (Lisa Kreuzer)—whom he has just met—leaves the child in his care. Though they initially find themselves at odds, the pair begin to form an unlikely friendship.

Cast

Phillip “Phil” WinterRüdiger Vogler
AliceYella Röttlander
Alice’s motherElisabeth Kreuzer
AngelaEdda Köchl
PublisherErnest Boehm
Car dealerSam Presti
Airport hostessLois Moran
Friend in FrankfurtDidi Petrikat
WithHans Hirschmüller
Sibylle Baier
Mirko

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, commissioned by the Wim Wenders Foundation and supervised by director Wim Wenders, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • German-language audio commentary featuring Wenders and actors Rüdiger Vogler and Yella Rottländer
  • New interviews with Vogler, Rottländer, and actor Lisa Kreuzer
  • Outtakes from the film
  • Restoring Time, a 2015 short about the restoration work done by the Wim Wenders Foundation
  • Same Player Shoots Again (1967) and Silver City Revisited (1968), two newly restored early short films by Wenders
  • New English subtitle translation by Wenders

Film Essays

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Wim Wenders: “Between Me and the World”

By Michael Almereyda June 04, 2016

Wim Wenders’s road movies, Michael Almereyda writes, are “at once minimal and romantic, austere and lyrical,” focusing on questions—of individuals and society, culture and nature—that Wenders . . . Read more »


Film Essays

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Alice in the Cities: A Girl’s Story

By Allison Anders May 31, 2016

With Alice in the Cites, Wim Wenders created one of the most nuanced and complex portraits of an empowered young girl ever seen on-screen. Read more »

Clippings

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A Robby Müller Retrospective

June 09, 2016

Dutch cinematographer Robby Müller has given us some of the most transcendent images ever captured on-screen. Since beginning his career in the late sixties, he has lensed a wealth of indelible . . . Read more »


On Five

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Wim Wenders: Songs from Along the Road

June 07, 2016

“One of the discoveries of the road movies was not only that you could travel and work and make a film at the same time, and improvise it, but that rock and roll could also be, in the true . . . Read more »


Film Essays

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Wim Wenders: “Between Me and the World”

By Michael Almereyda June 04, 2016

Wim Wenders’s road movies, Michael Almereyda writes, are “at once minimal and romantic, austere and lyrical,” focusing on questions—of individuals and society, culture and nature—that Wenders . . . Read more »


Film Essays

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Alice in the Cities: A Girl’s Story

By Allison Anders May 31, 2016

With Alice in the Cites, Wim Wenders created one of the most nuanced and complex portraits of an empowered young girl ever seen on-screen. Read more »


Photo Galleries


Clippings

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The Wim Wenders Sound

December 10, 2015

It's been a great seventieth-birthday year for Wim Wenders. After earning an Academy Award nomination for his 2014 documentary The Salt of the Earth, Wenders received an honorary Golden Bear at . . . Read more »

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