Alice in the Cities (1974), Wim Wenders

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.

 

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