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A.k.a.
Alice in the Cities
Year
1974
Runtime
110 min.
Director
Wim Wenders
Genre
Drama
Rating *
8.0
Votes *
5,390
Checks
1,652
Favs
236
Dislikes
8
Favs/checks
14.3% (1:7)
Favs/dislikes
30:1
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    Siskoid

    In Alice in the Cities, Wim Wenders gives an unlikely pair of companions in Philip, a journalist who's just driven though the United States and failed to find a story, and Alice, a young girl abandoned to his care by a woman he just met at the airport. Together, they meander through New York, Amsterdam and the whole of Germany, until Alice can be put into the hands of a proper guardian. Hauntingly scored, this is a quiet film about human contact and urban alienation, Philip's Polaroids empty of people until a crucial moment, when Alice becomes something other than a burden to him. The young actress is very strong, eliciting his annoyance and sympathy both, an effect she also has on the audience. Movies about men saddled with daughter stand-ins are usually very purposeful - it's an action movie trope - but this road movie is purposefully pointless. The characters don't really know what they're looking for, and so fail to find it, except in a roundabout way. A few minutes in, I was afraid I might get bored. By the end, I had totally fallen under its poignant spell. 10 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #46 in IMDb's 1970s Top 50
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  2. This movie ranks #48 in The 100 Most Significant German Films
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  3. This movie ranks #238 in iCheckMovies - Most Favorite
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  4. This movie ranks #338 in The Story of Film: An Odyssey
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  5. This movie ranks #348 in The British Film Institute: 360 Classics
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  6. This movie ranks #505 in Sight and Sound 2012 - Combined List
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  7. This movie ranks #551 in They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?
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  8. This movie ranks #650 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Films
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  9. This movie ranks #954 in The Criterion Collection
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