The sky over Wenders' war-scarred Berlin is full of gentle, trenchcoated angels who listen to the tortured thoughts of mortals and try to comfort them. One, Damiel, (Bruno Ganz) wishes to become mortal after falling in love with a beautiful trapeze artist, Marian. Peter Falk, as himself, assists in the transformation by explaining the simple joys of a human experience.
Very personal and original art film.
- Wings of Desire review by Steve Mason
Wender's unique lyrical poem to human spirituality and the experience of being alive, in a wonderful black and white Berlin.
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Wenders Beautiful Adaptation of Postwar Berlin
- Wings of Desire review by Oli
I've got to 2nd Steves review on this because it is such a wonderful film, not just for German cinema but for all cinema, going into this I'd seen Paris, Texas by Wim Wenders so I had an idea of his brilliance when adapting characters to a big story and creating lots of unique atmosphere, cinematography etc. but this just blew me away! The film starts in black and white as Ganz and Sander playing 2 Angels hovering over a postwar Berlin which looks to be a mixture of many things, certain things to come to mind from this like the bleakness of Berlin and the brilliant dialogue particulary with Ganz accompanying an old man who describes a world forgotten. We are entranced through many memorable shots of postwar Berlin and many civilian thoughts which could probably reflect thoughts of people the viewer knows, accompanied as usual by Wenders by a brilliant soundtrack that perfectly reflects the feeling of the film, the emotion of living here but yet the beauty of it all. Ganzs angel desperately wants to break free from being an angel and feel what the people are feeling having experienced most of it 3rd person, but not 1st person. It'd probably be pointless ruining any more of the film for newcomers but watch it and be amazed by one of cinemas many unique cinematic experiences.
Maybe best director in a golden globe (biggest bribe) way. 2 angels hang around unfortunate individuals during the second world war. Some scenes shot in colour most in black and white. Feels like an arty film to be watched having taken industrial amounts of mood altering drugs. Watched sober it is very boring and totally pointless.