A nine year old girl sits in the park sunbathing with an adult man wearing a swimsuit. The girl is only wearing panties. Her bare chest is visible.
A character says “I cannot sleep with you”.


Film review:Translated by www.rabudo-ru.com


Winter, your name is winter; Alice, your name is travel.

Winter, a 31 year old German journalist, traveled across the United States to write about American Customs for German readers. The 1970s in the western world is the time when Europeans know New Yorkers again. They warmly embrace American style freedom and wealth, but they are deeply lost in American style mass culture. When winter crossed the United States and arrived in New York, the center of the world, he suddenly found that he had lost his writing ability. The situation was like his name: deep cold, loneliness and indifference. Obviously, this is the most beloved screen hero image of director Wenders (as Wenders’ German Wenders pronunciation is actually winter). The modern Knight fell into a spiritual crisis in the role switching from Europe to the United States: he couldn’t find the meaning of individual existence and the truth, so it was difficult to communicate with people and even write.

All winter can do is shoot all the time. He used the Polaroid camera, which was readily available. With a click, the photo came out, and the scenery slowly appeared on the film. Only at this moment can winter catch a suspicious sense of reality from the image. Because of the shooting, he didn’t write a word. The price he paid was that he had to go back to Germany with $300. In this way, winter met Alice and travel in the revolving door of the airport.

Uncle takes a little Lori on a trip, but it is not the popular rogue story of Lori controlling uncle and uncle controlling Lori, nor the modern fairy tale of conspiracy between adults and children such as killer Leon, nor even the root seeking fable of faith in central station. I just want to say that they embark on the unknown journey together, because the unknown is true. From New York to Amsterdam, from the Netherlands to Germany, winter, who has encountered the crisis of “authenticity”, has not yet realized that the journey itself is the most real, and all this will be slowly launched by Alice’s roaming.

Let’s talk about their roaming first.

In the last century, “Alice” once foolishly roamed the dream and mirror world. This time, she also foolishly shuttled between cities. She never expected to save an uncle’s heart. At first, winter had a clear intention with Alice: he just looked after Alice for her mother. When her mother broke the appointment, he tried to take her to grandma’s house. Because of the existence of this “specific purpose”, there is no real communication between winter and Alice. Alice is winter’s burden. In order to get rid of her, winter even once handed Alice over to the local police station. However, all this changed after Alice sneaked out of the police station and returned to winter’s palm. Winter slowly realized that it was not important for him to find home with Alice. What was important was that they traveled together. During the trip, Alice kept releasing the children’s true joys, sorrows and joys. She would say “I’m hungry” and “I’m thirsty”, say “you just want to get rid of me” angrily, and tell winter “I escaped from the police station like a fugitive prisoner. The food there is terrible!”. The undisguised emotional expression makes winter more and more open to his inner loneliness and realize the authenticity of his existence.

The most profound revelation of winter’s change in the film is a story he made up for Alice: Once upon a time, a little boy went for a walk in the forest with his mother. His mother rested. The little boy ran alone along the stream and saw a knight on the bridge. The knight disappeared into his sight. He chased and chased, but came to a highway with cars coming and going. So the little boy got into the truck, was full of joy, came to the beach, and thought of his mother again.

Before the end of the story, Alice was asleep, but winter smiled slightly. Because the story can be described as the poetic reproduction of the film. Knight is the most typical image in German Romantic Literature and art. It is not only the embodiment of beauty and truth, but also the symbol of authenticity. The little boy traced the old German tradition to the highway in modern civilization. He lost his knight, but got on the truck; He came out of the forest and drove into the road. The old symbol disappears and a new symbol is born, that is, car travel. The little boy is winter and Alice. Just as Alice took a picture of winter later, winter’s thick textured head is superimposed with Alice’s head, which shows that they confirm each other’s existence in their roaming.

And the meaning of roaming.

Alice’s roaming may only get the beautiful childhood memories after growing up, but inadvertently reconstruct the meaning of winter’s individual existence. During the trip, winter never put down the Polaroid camera, because photography reposes his bleak sense of reality. Wenders wrote in his famous collection of photographic poems once: “photography is an action of walking into time, tearing something out of it, and then fixing it in another lasting form.” The particularity of Polaroid camera is that there is no negative, so every photo is unique and cannot be copied. Therefore, winter is like using photography to mark time to prove that he is true. Because Polaroid’s photos need to wait for a while from shooting to developing, this waiting is very long for winter, because what he is waiting for is not photos, but reality.

But this sense of reality is fragile. Unbelievable as like as two peas and Alice finally found the house of grandma’s house, the first thing that winter was excited about was “amazing!” As if photos were resurrected. But Alice immediately announced that her grandmother had moved away, so the authenticity of the photo collapsed. Winter then realized that he still needed to write and had to write, and that photos alone could not obtain authenticity. The audience noticed that from the middle of the film, winter gradually picked up the pen and recorded the bits and pieces we guessed or couldn’t guess. This is exactly what his trip with Alice gave him. As a result, Alice seems to become his Polaroid “photo”, using her childlike innocence and “maturity” to slowly present the truth in the journey, and thus rebuild winter’s meaning world. Finally, winter not only recovered the lost meaning, but also recovered his writing ability. At the end of the film, winter is the first to aim his camera at a mother and son instead of just the scenery. Winter’s cold wave receded and he saw spring through Alice.

As an early image of Wenders, the film has not yet become his signature road film. Winter and Alice took planes, trains, cars, buses, elevated railways, yachts and ferries; They stop at various hotels, ice cream shops, restaurants (one restaurant still plays Chinese songs) and police stations; They walked around the corners of cities, suburbs and villages. Travel is more and more dreamy, especially the unique elevated railway hanging in the air in the world, which makes people seem to have stepped into the magical world of fairy tales. In fact, it doesn’t matter where they are, as long as they are always on the road. Only from this point, we have seen the melancholy flavor of Paris, Texas.

“Alice” has become synonymous with roaming. In Britain in the 19th century, Alice once roamed fairyland and the world in the mirror. For two hundred years, Alice’s journey is like the steps of every child who has experienced childhood, including me. My first English tape is Alice in Wonderland, and Tim Burton’s latest remake will be on the stage next year. Blessed are you after 2000. However, as far as Wenders is concerned, this is not a fairy tale, but a modern fact gradually shown on black-and-white film. Yes, the film describes Alice’s trip, which is actually winter’s trip, but in the final analysis, it is Wenders’s trip.

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