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Wim Wenders: The Road Trilogy [Criterion Collection] [DVD]

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Overview

Special Features

  • New, restored 4k digital transfers of all three films, commissioned by the Wim Wenders Foundation and supervised by Director Wim Wenders
  • Audio Commentaries on all three films
  • New Interview with Wenders, Directed and Conducted by filmmaker Michael Almereyda
  • New interviews with actors Rüdiger Vogler, Yella Rottländer, Lisa Kreuzer, and Hanns Zischler
  • Outtakes and Super 8 Footage
  • Retoring Time a 2015 short about the restoration work done by the Wim Wenders Foundation
  • Same Player Shoots Again (1967) and Silver City Revisited (1968), two newly restored early short films by Wenders
  • New English Subtitle translations by Wenders
  • Plus: a Booklet featuring essays on the films by Almereyda, filmmaker Allison Anders, author James Robison, and critic Nick Roddick

Synopsis

Alice in den Städten
Alice in the Cities (Alice in den Städten) was the first of German director Wim Wenders' films to be lensed in part in the United States. Phillip (Rüdiger Vogler) is a roving German reporter who, after a chance encounter with an elusive American woman, reluctantly accepts temporary custody of little Alice (Yella Rottländer). Phillip takes Alice in hand on a trek across Germany to locate the girl's grandmother. The plot takes second place to Wenders' fascination with the contrast between the neon-and-billboard ambience of the U.S. and the rolling hills and industrial pockets of Deutschland. Alice in the Cities was the first of Wenders' "road trilogy"; the follow-ups were Wrong Move (1975) and Kings of the Road (1976), both also starring Rüdiger Vogler. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Kings of the Road
Those even remotely familiar with the work of German director Wim Wenders should not be surprised that he has a title like Kings of the Road in his resumé. Rüdiger Vogler plays Bruno, an itinerant movie-projector repairman, who tools about the dusty roads along the East-West border of Germany in search of work. A traffic accident brings Bruno in contact with suicidal Robert (Hanns Zischler). Bruno gives Zischler a ride, and the two become friends. Eventually Zischler decides to give civilization another chance, while Bruno continues his freewheeling ways alone. Along the way, director Wenders makes several trenchant comments about the breakdown of society by showing the number of movie theaters that have either closed down or resorted to showing X-rated films. Prominent German film critic Hanns Zischler plays one of the protagonists. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Falsche Bewegung
The Wrong Move and The Wrong Movement were the English-language titles for German director Wim Wenders' Falsche Bewegung. Made for television, the film is an update of Goethe's Wilhelm Meister. Ruediger Vogeler plays aspiring writer Wilhelm Meister, who goes on a long odyssey in the woods in search of truth. His companions on this journey are pragmatic Therese (Hanna Schygulla), bisexual Mignon (Nastassja Kinski, billed under her real name, Nakszynski), Mignon's hippielike boyfriend Laertes (Hans-Christian Blech), and artistically bankrupt poet Landau (Peter Kean). The foursome accept the hospitality of an industrialist (Ivan Desny), who unbeknownst to all but himself is a deeply troubled ex-Nazi. Novelist Peter Handke wrote the screenplay for Wrong Move. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Chuck Berry
    Chuck Berry - Himself
  • Yella Rottländer
    Yella Rottländer - Alice
  • Rüdiger Vogler
    Rüdiger Vogler - Phillip Winter
  • Wim Wenders
    Wim Wenders - Man by Jukebox
  • Lisa Kreuzer
    Lisa Kreuzer - Lisa, Alice's mother
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