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Sun, Nov 20, 2011
7:30pm
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THE OBSERVANT SEARCHER: A WIM WENDERS RETROSPECTIVE
Double Feature! Rare Prints!
Cancelled: THE AMERICAN FRIEND / ALICE IN THE CITIES
Co-presented by AFI Fest 2011

This event has been cancelled due to recent print unavailability and will be rescheduled for a later date.Dennis Hopper, Nicholas Ray and Samuel Fuller appear in Wim Wenders' THE AMERICAN FRIEND, a story of a dying man (Bruno Ganz) who turns to crime to leave money behind. Also on the same bill is Wenders' 1974 film about a man who is abandoned with a 9-year old girl (the daughter of a stranger he meets while traveling) and his quest to find her grandmother in Germany.

THE AMERICAN FRIEND
1977, 125 min, West Germany, Dir: Wim Wenders

When mild-mannered frame maker Jonathan (Bruno Ganz) learns he is dying, his art smuggling friend Ripley (Dennis Hopper) comes up with a diabolical idea: Jonathan should become a mob hit man in order to make money for his estate. Working from Patricia Highsmith's novel RIPLEY'S GAME, Wim Wenders creates one of his finest films, a noir set in an urban milieu where morality seems to be crumbling away before the characters' very eyes. With Nicholas Ray and Samuel Fuller. In German with English subtitles.


ALICE IN THE CITIES
1974, 110 min, West Germany, Dir: Wim Wenders

At an airport beset with delays, journalist Philip Winter (Rudiger Vogler) is booking a flight home to his native Germany from the United States in an attempt to distract himself from a particularly clingy bout of writer's block, when he meets and befriends fellow German Lisa and her nine-year-old daughter Alice (Yella Rotlander). Philip agrees to temporarily look after Alice when the three share a hotel room for the evening, but it quickly becomes apparent that the mother has no immediate plans of returning for her child. Together Philip and Alice travel to Europe and begin a search through various German cities for Alice's grandmother in director Wim Wenders' sensitive and thoughtful meditation on loneliness and the surprising ways companionship can surface. In German with English subtitles.


screening format: 35mm
Aero Theatre • Sun, Nov 20, 2011 • 7:30pm
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