Summer in the City

Prison discharges Hans into the inhospitable freedom of a cold Munich winter. As a stranger, he strays through familiar streets and bars and tries unsuccessfully to contact old friends. Eventually he takes a plane to a friend in Berlin, fleeing from invisible enemies, on the way to an indeterminate destination.

Wenders’s graduation film for the University of Television and Film Munich already reveals an innovative and individual style. Many of the themes that are woven through his later films, such as his enthusiasm for and inspiration from rock music, already appear here.

“The hero’s path is an escape route, driven by the hope to find a way back to himself through the mere movement of travel.“


West Germany 1970
Length: 143 min (First Copy), 116 min, 1280 m (Second Copy)
Format: 16mm black and white; 1:1,33
Original Language: German

Cast and crew

Production: University of Television and Film Munich Director: Wim Wenders Producer: Wim Wenders Screenplay: Wim Wenders Director of Photography: Robby Müller Editor: Peter Przygodda; Wim Wenders, Peter Przygodda (Second Copy) Sound: Gerd Conrad Cast: Hanns Zischler, Gerd Stein, Muriel Werner, Helmut Färber, Edda Köchl, Wim Wenders, Christian „Schrat“ Thierfelder, Libgart Schwarz, Marie Bardischewski

Music: The Kinks, Lovin’ Spoonful, Chuck Berry, Gene Vincent, Troggs, Gustav Mahler First Release (DE): 02.06.1972, Hamburg Shooting: January 1970 in Munich, Berlin World Sales: HanWay Films

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