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Wednesday September 26th 2018

Alice In Den Stadten (Alice In The Cities) | 1974

Alice In Den Stadten (Alice In The Cities) filming location: the suspension line, Wuppertal, Germany
Alice In Den Stadten (Alice In The Cities) location: the suspension line, Wuppertal, Germany | wikimedia / JuergenG

The cities being New York, Amsterdam and Wuppertal, as burnt out photographer Phil Winter (Rudiger Vogler) journeys from the USA to Germany after being lumbered with little girl Alice (Yella Rottländer).

The Boardwalk, where the movie opens is in Queens, New York, at Rockaway Beach by Beach 67th Street. Also in Queens, Phil sells his car within earshot of the organ at Shea Stadium, 126th Street, Flushing, and has to catch the subway at Willet’s Point/Shea Stadium Station on the Main Street-Flushing Line 7.

He takes the young Alice to see the view from the outside Observation Deck of the Empire State Building, 350 Fifth Avenue, before they depart for Europe from John F Kennedy International Airport.

The European destination is Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, and there’s a brief jaunt around the canals of the city centre before the last leg of the journey takes them to Germany.

If you fancy a ride on the creaky-looking suspension railway the pair take to find Alice’s Grandma’s house, you’ll find it in Wuppertal, about thirty miles north of Cologne. The Suspension Line – amazingly, built in 1900 – rattles along for eight miles, 39 feet above the city’s streets, linking eighteen stations between Vohwinkel and Oberbarmen, and has reputedly never had an accident in its history.