Rent Alice in the Cities (1974)

4.0 of 5 from 104 ratings
1h 47min
Rent Alice in the Cities (aka Alice in den Städten) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
Philip Winter (Rüdiger Vogler), a journalist with writer's block, becomes the guardian of eight year-old Alice (Yella Rottlander) when her mother leaves the girl with him briefly at an American airport, only never to return. Back in Germany, an unlikely friendship develops between the two as they embark on a journey to find Alice's grandmother.
Actors:
, , , , Ernest Boehm, Sam Presti, , Didi Petrikat, , Sibylle Baier, Mirko, Julia Baier, , Peter Genée, , , Micky Kley, Martin Müller, ,
Directors:
Producers:
Joachim von Mengershausen
Writers:
Wim Wenders, Veith von Fürstenberg
Aka:
Alice in den Städten
Studio:
World Cinema Ltd
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Classics, Drama
Countries:
Germany, Action & Adventure, Classics, Drama
BBFC:
Release Date:
26/05/2008
Run Time:
107 minutes
Languages:
German
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
Bonus:
  • Exclusive In-Depth Interview With Director Wim Wenders
  • Rare Interview with Rudiger Vogler and Yella Rottlander
BBFC:
Release Date:
04/12/2017
Run Time:
112 minutes
Languages:
German Dolby Digital 1.0, German LPCM Mono
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.66:1
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Interview with Wim Wenders by filmmaker and critic Mark Cousins
  • Conversations with actors Rudiger Vogler and Yella Rottlander
  • Instant Stories: Wim Wenders' Polaroids
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Documentary 'Restoring Time'

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Reviews (3) of Alice in the Cities

Only for dedicated Wim Wenders followers - Alice in the Cities review by Swambi

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17/11/2012

You have to be a dedicated Wim Wenders fan to enjoy this film. The few moments of good interaction between the journalist and the girl do not compensate for fuzzy and shaky black and white shots that are completely out-dated and emulate poor amateur video. If you expect this to be compensated for by the story, you will be disappointed. It has a total lack of focus, and drags on, so that the 107 minutes seem far longer.

Sadly there are none of the beautiful cinematography and scenery you can see in his far better film (on a similar theme) Paris, Texas.

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an absolute delight - Alice in the Cities review by CH

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29/04/2015

Very charming, moody filming gives a great sense of place. The main characters are portrayed with fine sensitivity and the whole film is gently moving. One of my all-time favourites.

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One of my all-time favourites - Alice in the Cities review by DW

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02/07/2018

I absolutely love Alice in the Cities. As a dedicated Wim Wenders fan I was very pleased to take another viewing of Alice, this time in a recently restored version. From making time to watch the Extras available on the disc I was extremely impressed to learn about the establishment of the Wim Wenders Foundation and the efforts to restore some of his earliest films. It is more than obvious that Wenders retains a great affection for Alice, his second film, made for around $250,000, a sum which, given that this was the entire budget even in 1974 would, you'd think, restrict the director's ambitions. Its lasting charm rests largely on the performances from Yella Rottlaender and Ruediger Vogler, the casting another touch of inspiration by Wenders.

It may be that the initial 20 minutes of Alice seem to drag and be going nowhere. Let me assure the first time viewer that it leads to the most delightful two-hander, both funny and touching, so stick with it and I'm sure you won't regret it.....

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