Summer in the City | Chicago Reader

Summer in the City

Wim Wenders wrote and directed this austere black-and-white feature in 16-millimeter as his thesis project for the Munich Film Academy in 1970. Mostly a wintry cityscape, it tracks a tight-lipped man just released from prison as he moves from one woman's apartment to another, eluding men from his criminal past. His preferred companions are unfiltered Camels, but he also relates well to pay phones, jukeboxes, pinball machines, photo booths, record players, movie theaters, and signs for Amoco stations (when the terminal o is covered up, they read “amoc”). In German with subtitles. 125 min.

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