Wings Of Desire (1987)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5

Original title:  Der Himmel Uber Berlin

West Germany/France, 1987.  , , , .  Screenplay by Wim Wenders, co-writer , screenplay contributor .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , Wim Wenders.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

A masterpiece directed with intelligence and style by Wim Wenders, starring as a wistful angel named Damiel who wanders Berlin attending to the spiritual needs of people whose souls need a lift, all the while wishing he was human himself. When he meets a beautiful trapeze artist (), he decides that nothing but life on earth will make him happy. He gets his dream realized when mortal Peter Falk (playing himself) points out to him that he was once an angel who chose to fall from the sky and become human, and that Damiel can do the same. is the careful companion who watches out for Damiel after he has taken this giant leap.  Wenders’ direction is absolutely breathtaking, with gorgeous black-and-white photography by legendary cinematography by Henri Alekan, poetic dialogue that is never too overdone and a score that is haunting to say the very least. The library scene is my personal favourite (and is copied very well in Brad Silberling’s American remake, City of Angels). Also rent the excellent sequel Faraway, So Close with Nastassja Kinski and Willem Dafoe.

The Criterion Collection:  #490

Cannes Film Festival Award:  Best Director (Wim Wenders)

European Film Awards:  Best European Supporting Actor (Curt Bois); Best European Director (Wim Wenders)
Nominations: Best European Film; Special Aspect


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