There is no filmmaker like Wim Wenders. His intensely personal, poetic films are favorites of critics and audiences alike, and while he has a vast and diverse filmography, several movies that he made in the 1970s portray a related search for meaning and a desire for travel. This acclaimed “Road Trilogy” is a series of German-language films — Alice in the Cities, Wrong Move, and King of the Road — that express “wanderlust,” or the preoccupation with the possibilities of the open road.  This video essay explores these movies through the prism of road travel. Buckle up!

Watch Now: Wenders and other greats take you through the journey of self-discovery that accompanies the art of filmmaking in, On Directing. And learn more from the man himself as Wenders takes you through the story of his early years in One Who Set Forth.

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