WIM WENDERS – Alice in the Cities

Ernst Wilhelm “Wim” Wenders (born 14 August 1945) is a German film director, playwright, author, photographer and producer. Since 1996, Wenders has been the president of the European Film Academy in Berlin. and more importantly to me, the director of my filmic equivilant of hot tomato soup on a cold damp wintery day – “Wings of Desire” – the notion that we are all protected by overcoat clad guardian angels is immensley conforting even to a dyed in the wool secularits like me and I watch the quiet beauty of that movie with so much pleasure.

Alice in the Cities (German: Alice in den Städten) is a 1974 German road movie directed by Wim Wenders. This was the first part of Wenders’ “Road Movie Trilogy” which included The Wrong Move (1975) and Kings of the Road (1976). The film is shot in black and white by Robby Müller with several long scenes without dialogue. The film’s theme closely foreshadows Wenders’ later film Paris, Texas.

This may not sell the movie to you at all, what can i say, its in black & white, its sub-titled, there are long sequences where no-body speaks & nothing happens. There is a mesmerising & under-played performance by a 9 yr old, oh & a sound track by 70s krautrock band “Can”.

its also actually beautiful, life afirming without being mawkish and is yet more evidence why european cineam is better than Hollywood – enjoy



and a taste of the film too




About cathi rae

50ish teacher & aspiring writer and parent of a stroppy teenager and carer for a confused bedlington terrier and a small selection of horses who fail to shar emy dressage ambitions. Interested in contemporary fiction but find myself returning to PG Wodehouse when the chips are down View all posts by cathi rae

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