After hearing of Wim Wenders’ Road Trilogy (Alice, The Wrong Move (1975), and Kings of the Road (1976)), I’ve been wanting to see these films. To date, I had seen his Room 666 (1982) documentary, Paris, Texas (1984), Tokyo-Ga (1985) – Yasujiro Ozu documentary, and, of course, Wings of Desire (1987).
Netflix dvd (and Amazon.com) does not have this, so I ended up getting the region 2 dvd from Amazon.UK. It includes an interview with the director by Mark Cousins (who did the excellent series: The Story of Film: An Odyssey). Wim says he was filming The Scarlet Letter (made a year before Alice), how he hated making it and only enjoyed 30 minutes of a scene staring a sailor and a little girl (Rüdiger Vogler and Yella Rottländer) which was not in the script, and thought to himself I’m going to make a film with only those two in it. He also points out that the Chuck Berry song Memphis, Tennessee is actually about a father trying to reach his daughter. He made Alice in 4 weeks and $200,000.00.