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Wim Wenders's road movies inspired me to drive to India in a camper van. Interviewing him recently, I found him reticent but still inspirational

By Mark Cousins   February 2008

I have just spent an afternoon and the following morning with German filmmaker and writer Wim Wenders. A retrospective of his movies has just finished at the BFI Southbank in London and the Filmhouse in Edinburgh. Two of them—Alice in the Cities (1974) and Land of Plenty (2004)—are being released here for the first time. Spending time with him sent me on a train of thought about his cinema and my life.

Alice in the Cities, a road movie about a German man and a nine-year-old girl, was the first Wenders movie I saw, on a course at university in…

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