Alice in den Städten (Alice in the Cities)
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Alice in den Städten (Alice in the Cities)
Alice in the Cities (Alice in den Städten) was the first of German director Wim Wenders' films to be lensed in part in the United States. 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). Phillip takes Alice in hand on a trek across Germany to locate the girl's grandmother. The plot takes second place to Wenders' fascination with the contrast between the neon-and-billboard ambience of the U.S. and the rolling hills and industrial pockets of… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There are points when the director allows his voice to ring a little loudly from behind the camera, but the richness and depth of both the photography and the characterisation manage to brush any signs of preachiness and sentimentality from view."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"It takes a long time for Wenders to get where he wants to go but it's worth the wait... ."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The fragmentary approach could never be called exhilarating, but it has a sly humour, and the mood is sustained by Vogler and Rottlander as the unlikely companions."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"Captivating performances from both Vogler and Rottlander whose on-screen chemistry provides the beating heart of Alice In The Cities."
‑ Catherine Chambers,
"An important film for Wenders and New German Cinema, Alice In The Cities is compulsive viewing for any fan of the director. A freewheeling look at friendship, loneliness and life, the only thing black and white about it is the film stock."
‑ James Mottram, Film4
"Wenders' salient, head-clearing travelogue"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Touching but never sentimental."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"A fine and perhaps unique example of that trickiest of genres, the road movie, and the sort of film that really does deserve the cliched response: they don't make them like that any more, because they really don't."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Don't be put off by the black and white and subtitles, this is a family film with intelligence, energy and charm to spare."
‑ Rob Daniel, Sky Movies
"Only just barely."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Hauntingly photographed by Robbie Müller, it's one of this hugely uneven filmmaker's crispest, finest moments."
‑ Tim Robey, Independent
"It is a shame the excruciatingly wooden adult actors were not as natural as Yella Rottländer who played nine-year-old Alice."
‑ , Sun Online
"Hardly must-see Wenders, but for fans of his road movies, it remains a treat."
‑ Anna Hart, Empire Magazine
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