Wenders: Alice in the Cities


The Main 3 Sat, Jan 16, 2016 1:30 PM
The Main 3 Mon, Jan 18, 2016 5:00 PM
The Main 3 Wed, Jan 20, 2016 7:30 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$8.50
Film Info
English Title:Wim Wenders Retrospective: Alice in the Cities
Wim Wenders Retrospective
Tags:Road Movie
Release Year:1974
Runtime:112 min
Festivals & Awards:1974 German Critics Prize Winner
Country/Region:West Germany
Director:Wim Wenders
Producer:Joachim von Mengershausen
Cinematographer:Robby Müller
Editor:Peter Przygodda
Principal Cast:Rüdiger Vogler
Yella Rottländer
Screenwriter:Wim Wenders
Veith von Fürstenberg


German journalist Winter wants to write a story about America but is unable to accomplish anything but a series of Polaroids before disappointedly beginning his journey back home. At the same time, he reluctantly agrees to take little Alice (Yella Rottländer) with him, because her mother (Lisa Kreuzer)—whom he meets in New York on the day before his departure—has urgent business to take care of there. In Amsterdam, the mother then fails to appear as they agreed, so Winter and Alice set out to try to find Alice’s grandmother in the Ruhr region. During their search together, their initial mutual dislike gradually transforms into a heartfelt affection.

Technically, Alice in the Cities is Wenders’s fourth film, but he often refers to it as his first, because it was during this film that he discovered the genre of the road movie. (It would later become the first part of his road movie trilogy, along with Wrong Move and Kings of the Road.) It was also his first film to be shot partly in the U.S. and the first to feature his alter ego, Philip Winter (Rüdiger Vogler). Alice is often compared with Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid. In 1974, it won the German Critics Prize.

"A tale of loss and estrangement which rings as true today as it would have more than 30 years ago." - Time Out

"Tightly controlled, intelligent and ultimately touching." - The New York Times

"With this film, Wenders crystallized his style of existential sentimentality." - The New Yorker


Wim Wenders is cinema’s preeminent poet of the open road, soulfully following the journeys of people as they search for themselves. During his over-forty-year career, Wenders has directed films in his native Germany and around the globe, making dramas both intense and whimsical, mysteries, fantasies, and documentaries. With this abbreviated retrospective of seven of his films—from early works of the New German Cinema (Alice in the Cities, Kings of the Road) to one of the art-house 1980s blockbuster that made him a household name (Paris, Texas) to the inquisitive nonfiction look at world culture (Buena Vista Social Club)—audiences can rediscover Wenders’s vast cinematic world.