The Best Old Movies On a Big Screen This Week: NYC Repertory Cinema Picks, March 11-17

03/11/2015 9:44 AM |

alice in the cities

Alice in the Cities (1974)
Directed by Wim Wenders
Nine-year-old Yella Rottländer and frequent Wenders collaborator Rüdiger Vogler share an unlikely screen chemistry in the first film of Wenders’s Road Movie Trilogy. Vogler plays a burnt-out journalist on assignment in the States who, after missing a deadline and returning to Germany, finds himself the temporary caretaker of a young girl in search of her grandmother. Wenders, working alongside cinematographer Robby Müller, photographs the media-saturated, rapidly homogenizing landscape of the 70s with a childlike fascination. Seemingly banal images of daily life (gas stations, bicycles, public transportation) take on a hypnotizing beauty through his lens. A.J. Serrano (Mar 17, 1:45pm at MoMA’s Wenders retro)