Three sequences from Wim Wender’s roadmovie Alice in the cities (Alice in den Städten, 1974) with Rüdiger Vogler (featuring excerpt from Young Mr Lincoln, John Ford, 1939)
Film Studies For Free was reminded by a blogpost (‘Defenders of Wenders‘) by Richard Brody at The Front Row (New Yorker Magazine) about just what a great film Alice in den Städten/Alice in the Cities is (Wim Wenders, West Germany, 1974). It’s certainly a wonderful film to teach, both in and out of its New German Cinema or ‘cinema of the everyday‘ contexts.
Here, in its honour, is a little list of links to scholarly or good critical resources pertaining to it and to its director Wim Wenders‘ other early cinematic works.
- Mark Cousins, ‘Widescreen [on Wim Wenders’ Road Movies]’, Prospect Magazine, Issue 143, February 29, 2008
- Robert Craig, ‘The Art of Seeing Rescues the Existence of Things: Notes on the Wenders Road Films and Henri Bergson’s Creative Evolution (Part 1)’, Offscreen Journal, January 31, 2002
- Robert Craig, ‘The Art of Seeing Rescues the Existence of Things: Notes on the Wenders Road Films and Henri Bergson’s Creative Evolution (Part 2)’, Offscreen Journal, January 31, 2002
- Oliver Schill, The ‘Sensibilismus’ Movement in Wim Wenders’ Alice in the Cities (1974) and Kings of the Road (1976) Compared to The American Friend (1975/76) (GRIN Verlag, 2007), limited preview on Google Books
- Wim Wenders talking about Alice in the Cities, BBC Film Programme, January 4, 2008 (from 2 mins 15 seconds in – Real Player, probably not available outside of UK)