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Alice in den Städten

Alice in den Städten

1974
Drama
1h 53m
German journalist Philip Winter has a case of writer's block when trying to write an article about the United States. He decides to return to Germany, and while trying to book a flight, encounters a German woman and her nine year old daughter Alice doing the same... (imdb)
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Alice in den Städten

1974
Drama
1h 53m
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Rated 01 Sep 2010
87
78th
Very calm, interesting and odd. It does not follow all the Hollywood road movie cliches and it stands somewhere aside from the rest of the genre movies. It is very nice to look at and, most of all, it is not boring at all. Very significant example of Wander's movies.
Rated 26 Feb 2011
4
51st
A sort of prototype for Paris Texas, with the same deliberate pacing and themes of alienation. Alice, however, is far more limited in scope. It presents the protagonist's emotional dislocation but it shies away from exploring the reasons or consequences of it. The characters are, therefore, flat, and their motives, while credible, are not particularly interesting. When combined with the meandering plot, it makes for a tedious watch, one which lacks emotional resonance.
Rated 20 May 2009
100
98th
Wenders fashions a subtle and sedate narrative surface that deals only in humdrum events and that has an unerring sense of the stale taste of life on the road. Meanwhile, the really big subjects underlying this movie (the homogenization of Western culture, the rootlessness of the individual, and other such whoppers) are passed over lightly, felt but not examined, as if they were buried under a layer of ashes.
Rated 13 Mar 2009
70
57th
Such an endearing philosophy on value. It's not -all that- but it is a very pleasant one-hour-and-fifty. No doubt Linklater saw this. Also reminds me of Keane due to the similar plot.
Rated 06 Sep 2012
91
75th
An exploration into the depths of the American Dream, while meditating on the opposing European culture. In this sense, this dichotomy reverberates between the differences of children and adults. The American Dream, and American exceptionalism by extension, is inverted when Alice and her mother decide to return to Europe. The moods are more airy and contemplative than they are deep and insightful, but the charm is in these little moments; and these small, fragile moments make the film.
Rated 09 Jul 2007
3
61st
Nice little film about alienation and restlessness. Lags a bit.
Rated 06 Mar 2022
70
76th
good movie
Rated 31 Aug 2017
79
56th
An understated road movie that addresses the philosophy of travel in a way few American films of the genre do. Wenders collides his European sensibility with outside observations of the U.S. in a charmingly aimless narrative about human connection as the center of memory and place. The film is dense with commentary on urban malaise and the alienating effects of the road, but it's packed into a slow, serene slice-of-life package, making it an approachable and quaint exploration of modern travel.
Rated 08 Sep 2022
8
73rd
We see a young writer/artist, disaffected with everything and everyone, forever between places. Circumstance places a girl into his life and everything makes more sense. It's not a very plot-based movie, but very gorgeous.
Rated 22 Jun 2020
80
81st
A wonderfully poetic piece that starts as a distant ode to the city (I could watch hours of that opening montage) and transitions into warm humanism as effortlessly as it leaves each of it settings behind. An odyssey from the concrete jungle (as seen through the ever-present Polaroid) to the unlikely duo doing stretches in the middle of nowhere.
Rated 08 Mar 2010
82
89th
Takes some time but than it's a great road movie.
Rated 26 Apr 2020
80
87th
Wenders manages to set an American road trip almost entirely in Germany. Cohesive mood and great pacing!
Rated 23 Mar 2019
85
90th
Lovely movie. Beautiful photography
Rated 27 Jun 2021
80
81st
Because probabilities are more appealing than sheer hopelessness of waiting around to die.
Rated 23 Jan 2019
65
24th
Begins well with some well written dialogue to oneself, but once the mother and daughter are battered into the story, it becomes a fairly pedestrian, uneventful, and overall unspecial road movie.
Rated 12 Aug 2010
91
95th
Narratively it's a bit weak with unreasonable events and actions, as well as threads that are left hanging. But the narrative is mostly a foundation for an incredible examination of a mood, a series of thoughts and feelings intrinsically tied to a time and a type of character but whose core strikes at the human need for acceptance and purpose.
Rated 19 Oct 2019
90
93rd
It has quite a nostalgic feel as well as a somewhat surreal sense to it, or, perhaps, a quietly contemplative nomadic sense. Its a plodding plot but I enjoyed the general aimlessness it has regardless. Its not entirely aimless as such but it'd be fair to say that there isn't a strong sense of being in a rush, not so much due to the plot but in terms of the light and floaty music played in the background and frequent camera shots of the area their in, whether by train or car, rural and suburban.
Rated 01 Mar 2008
79
66th
# 417
Rated 08 Sep 2009
72
68th
The American part was pretty stucky and uninteresting, but I liked Alice and her mother. Rüdiger did not touch that much. The European part got more and more better towards the end. Interesting road movie. Nice comparing with cities and countires. Well, actually continents. There was a funny announcement in the airport, Mr. Wenders.
Rated 03 Jan 2019
79
67th
kimlik bunalımı, hayatın rastgeleliği ve wim wendersın şehir turları
Rated 10 Oct 2017
87
41st
Somewhat touching, but not touching enough to make up for it being a little boring and slow.
Rated 16 Sep 2023
80
80th
Philip Winter: "I got completely lost. It was a horrible journey. Once you leave New York City nothing changes anymore. It all looks the same. You can't imagine anything anymore. Above all, you can't imagine any change. I became estranged from myself. All I could imagine was going on and on like this forever."
Rated 19 Dec 2008
81
62nd
384
Rated 10 May 2010
4
87th
Typical Wenders fare, which is great if you're a fan.
Rated 24 Mar 2019
41
3rd
Mesmerizingly boring
Rated 19 Apr 2020
90
77th
Turning the theme of American mobility into a European concept was an interesting idea.
Rated 05 Mar 2012
83
79th
Nobody manages it so well to bring two very different cities such as New York and Duisburg together in one movie than Wenders.
Rated 16 Jan 2015
100
96th
watched: 2015, 2017
Rated 12 Mar 2019
75
68th
philip has an article to write so he starts taking care of alice out of procrastination
Rated 02 May 2009
76
58th
Road movies are intrinsically about the journey and not the destination, so the fact that this movie meanders a lot didn't bother me. As an Americana-laced voyage of self-discovery, I view it as a precursor to Paris, Texas but not as irritating. There are a few annoying bits, primarily when Wenders seems to be getting overly snotty about American culture or tries to find a cute moment with Alice, but they're few and far between. Like most Wenders films, it's kind of underwhelming, but pleasant.
Rated 15 Aug 2020
93
92nd
Em honra dos 75 anos que Wim Wenders está completando hoje. Wenders tem a essência do road movie pulsando nas veias, não há nada além de beleza aqui, só não dou cinco estrelas porque aquele superego não parava de me atormentar com um "que diabos de mãe faria uma coisa dessas?" durante todo o filme. Box Obras-primas do Cinema Trilogia da Estrada.
Rated 20 Apr 2024
96
96th
2024'de #IzlediğimFilmler ; 95. Alice in den Städten (1974) Win Wenders sinemasına aşığım. Yine müthiş bir eser kendisinden. Hiç bitmesin istedim. Teşekkürler #İstanbulFilmFestivali 10/10
Rated 14 Nov 2023
63
60th
That a mother and such a little daughter would be separated, the girl left in the care of a strange man, and both would be so chill about it, seems really far-fetched even for the 1970s when the world was admittedly very chill. Otherwise, it's a decent film without a great deal of grit or depth or impact. As an adult/child dynamic it feels like a bit of a blueprint for Wenders' superior "Paris, Texas".
Rated 14 Jan 2010
80
60th
408
Rated 11 Dec 2018
79
84th
alice and philip are on the boat going somewhere. the police officer finds them. he asks philip why he didn't bring the girl back to the police station even though her mother and grandmother had been found. philip smiles. the officer smiles back.
Rated 03 Jan 2023
80
72nd
What a fantastic road/relationship movie. This kind of road movie isn't always my thing, but this one captured my interest. While I couldn't quite get behind the idea of him not going to the police earlier, and while it lags ever so slightly at times, the relationship between him and the girl feels very organic and real and develops interestingly. Would make an interesting double bill with Paper Moon.
Rated 04 Sep 2019
85
74th
A soothing journey that parallels adulthood and the youth. It's dialogue touches on the void of existence and how empty the American dream is outside a city like New York. The toxicity of media (thank god back then it was only TV and radio) becomes existent as one searches for their story. On the road, the two are both charming and hopeful - and here Wenders previews what incredible work will soon come after
Rated 30 Nov 2011
80
60th
#410
Rated 07 Feb 2021
83
86th
Entfremdung meets Geworfenheit. They're on a plane. They're in a car. They're on a boat. They're on a train. They deny and balk, but then they accept and embrace.

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