Wings of desire

Wings of desire

DVD - 2009 | German
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A romantic fantasy about an angel who wishes he were mortal and is willing to fall from the sky if it means a chance to fall in love. Set in modern day Berlin, the film follows angel Damiel's path from heavenly flight to earthly delight in a manner that's comical, touching and entertaining.
Publisher: [S.l.] : Criterion Collection, [c2009]
Edition: Special ed
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (127 min.) : sd., col. and b&w ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (27 p.)


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Aug 12, 2018

A weird art nouveau film. Part of the movie is black and white. It also has the actor from Columbo. It seems to feature an angel that tracks with others the pros and cons of mankind. He falls in love with a circus performer and chooses to leave angel life. He also envies somethings humans have. He discusses this with an angel friend before becoming mortal.

Jul 09, 2018

A stunningly made valentine to the city of Berlin, which has never been more imaginatively or more beautifully filmed. A joy from start to finish.
Few films are so rich, so intriguing, or so ambitious.
Wings of Desire is one of Wenders's most stunning achievements.

May 11, 2018

The pretentiousness of this German film is absolutely staggering. This one certainly had potential to be a real winner, but it fell flat on its complacent face within its first 15 minutes.

Director, Wim Wenders was really grasping at straws with this trite nonsense 'cause he just didn't have the skill to produce a film with any real depth to it. This is all shallow monotony.

I got really sick of looking at actor, Bruno Ganz' face with that dumb half-smile always pasted on it. He really gave me the creeps, big-time.

This film could've easily been edited down to about 80 minutes and it wouldn't have marred the story one bit. In fact, if this film were shorter, it probably would've been better. 'Cause as it stood, it was unendurable

Mar 05, 2018

If you have not seen this movie you have missed one of the most mesmerizing films in history.
Set from an angel's perspective we are brought into a deep personal relationship with the main characters through their observations of life that surrounds them. In the end a most extraordinary and thrilling drama.

Mar 05, 2018

Wonderful poetic movie. Wim Wenders delivers a nuanced depiction of the human race, through a romantic tale angel-human tale, in the context of Berlin's present and horrible past. Each scene is picture-perfect, the soundtrack is deep, the narration is thought provoking, and Bruno Ganz adds an angel's touch.

Mar 05, 2018

Folks fall into two groups - those who think this film is the pinnacle of art - and those who think it is pretentious drivel. Part of the problem - as I see it - is that Wenders managed to cram a 90 minute story into three hours. The extra 90 minutes is mostly made up of meaningful looks and walking around Berlin. For all that, the film looks coarse and...unfinished. It's not quite to the 'give me back those three hours of my life' point - but neither did I feel better for having watched it. Wenders applied the Hollywood polish to re-create the film as 'City of Angels'. It isn't a great film either but the polishing is apparent. Of course you have to get past the idea of Meg Ryan as a cardiac surgeon and Nicholas Cage as the angel (Seth Plate???). At least in City of Angels Wenders didn't try to beat us to death with symbolism and metaphors.

Mar 03, 2018

One of my favorites; I've seen it almost ten times. There are so many things I love about this movie: how the music enhances each scene; the combination of human history of Berlin with Christian mythology; the lows and highs of everyday life... Search online for an article written by the director about the movie for a terrific exposition of this Gesamtkunstwerk (total work of art).

Mar 03, 2018

Personally - I think that this self-indulgent, fantasy film of pseudo-intellectual tripe should be retitled "Wings Of A Doofus" - 'Cause, believe me - A "doofus" is exactly what angel, Damiel was, from my perspective.

About the only thing that "Wings Of A Doofus" succeeded in doing was totally convincing me that being a modern-day angel (Yes - Apparently they exist) was even more boring than it was being a living/breathing human. Duh!

You'd honestly think that angels would be having themselves a really swell time (even though their powers seemed to be oddly limited) - But - No - In this picture things couldn't be more dull and dreary. And that's why "doofus" Damiel inevitably made the utterly preposterous choice that he did.

At a 130-minute running time - "Wings Of A Doofus" could have easily been edited down to 80 minutes. But, being a typical German production - Even the most mundane situations were naturally dragged out to the point of being unendurable, redundant nonsense.

Mar 03, 2018

I have said this over and over again - When it comes to foreign films (German, French, Italian) - Had this one been a Hollywood production, you can be sure, no one would be giving a sweet damn about it. It's true. But, of course, the snivelling, little snobs-of-cinema fancy themselves as being so cool and sophisticated by praising junk like this. But it only proves to me that they have no taste in films at all. And they are so blind to reality.

PimaLib_LouiseO Nov 21, 2017

Gorgeously poetic, whimsical and meditative, Wim Wender's Wings of Desire is one of my all time favorite films. Trapeze artists, angels hanging out in libraries, "Columbo" in Berlin.... it's all wonderful. Highly recommended.

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Sep 27, 2013

Wings of Desire (Der Himmel über Berlin, translated literally as The Heavens over Berlin) is a 1987 Franco-German romantic fantasy film directed by Wim Wenders. The film is about invisible, immortal angels who populate Berlin and listen to the thoughts of the human inhabitants and comfort those who are in distress. Even though the city is densely populated, many of the people are isolated and estranged from their loved ones. One of the angels, played by Bruno Ganz, falls in love with a beautiful, lonely trapeze artist. The angel chooses to become human so that he can experience the human sensory pleasures, ranging from enjoying food to touching a loved one, and so that he can experience human love with the trapeze artist. The film is shot in both a rich, sepia-toned black-and-white and color, with the former being used to represent the world as experienced by the angels.


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