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Elements of Cinema: Alice in the Cities

Opens on January 29

Director: Wim Wenders Run Time: 110 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 1974 Language: German, English, and Dutch with English subtitles

Starring: Edda Köchl, Ernest Boehm, Lisa Kreuzer, Rüdiger Vogler, Yella Rottländer

6:00pm | Free Screening and Discussion, No Ticket Required

Ezra Glenn of MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning will introduce the film and lead the post-screening discussion.

German journalist Philip Winter has a case of writer’s block when trying to write an article about the United States. He decides to return to Germany, and while trying to book a flight, encounters a German woman and her nine year old daughter Alice doing the same. The three become friends (almost out of necessity) and while the mother asks Winter to mind Alice temporarily, it quickly becomes apparent that Alice will be his responsibility for longer than he expected.

Admission to this screening is free and first-come, first-served beginning at 5:30pm on the day of the show. No tickets are available in advance for this screening.

Ezra Glenn is a Lecturer of Community Development in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. He curates the MIT Urban Planning Film Series and since 2009 has also filled the role of 12th Emissary of the Tech Sychogeographic Psociety (TSP). He is the editor of the UrbanFilm website and a regular film reviewer for the American Planning Association’s Planning magazine. His reviews and essays have appeared in the Atlantic’s CityLab, Experience Magazine, the Arts Fuse, the New York Observer, and NextCity. His poetry has been featured on Typishly and Prometheus Dreaming. 

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