Part two of Wenders' road trip trilogy - and based loosely on a Goethe novel - that takes an aspiring young writer through Germany with a troupe of strangers in the quest for "experience." From the beginning Wenders establishes this as a symbolic story about Germany's past, but by reducing it to symbols and metaphors, cleverly dodges the pain of confronting the past dead on - the fractured narrative and absence of psychological motivations do their part to negate any potential drama. This was Nastassja Kinski's first role, but her character is (apparently) a mute, and she seems more than content to look forlorn and play the picture's sole nymphet.
Director: Wim Wenders
Year Released: 1975