Director: Wim Wenders, b/w, 110 min., 1974
Accepted to be one of Wenders’ most poignant films and often compared to Chaplin’s The Kid, Alice in the Cities was the first of Wim Wenders’ films to be shot partly in the United States and subsequently won the 1974 German Critics Prize. Phillip (Rüdiger Vogler) is a roving German reporter who, after a chance encounter with an elusive American woman, reluctantly accepts temporary custody of little Alice (Yella Rottländer). Their friendship grows while travelling through various European cities on a search for the girl’s grandmother. Inventive and witty, Wenders reflects on the influences of American pop culture on postwar Europe.