Wings of desire

Wings of desire

Der Himmel über Berlin

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: Director-approved special ed
ISBN: 9781604651607
Branch Call Number: WIN
Characteristics: 2 DVDs (127 min.)

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PimaLib_JudyM Jul 18, 2016

This movie still holds up after all these years. Some criticism I read stated that it is too slow. But it is not meant to be an action film--it is meant to tell a story. If the only way you can be entertained is to have things blow up, this is not your film. But if you like the unfolding of a story that makes you think and reflect, then this is a must see.

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MasterLok
Jun 13, 2016

While the concept is interesting, the film has exceedingly boring dialogue and little to no interesting scenes; the film ultimately fails to captivate the audience's attention.

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paul1
Dec 30, 2015

A touching movie that explores what it means to be human. Great use of cold war Berlin as background (also the archival film weaved into the taxi scene was mind blowing). Props to Bruno Ganz for his ability to express so much just by a single glance and Peter Falk for being the way I imagine Falk would be in real life.

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CRAIGEEJ
Mar 29, 2015

Columbo? a Trapeze Artist? that bleak German Landscape ? It's a winner

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akirakato
Jul 23, 2013

This is a 1987 Franco-German romantic fantasy 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 idea and theme behind the film is superb, but too much talking without no fascinating actions makes me get bored so much so that I've got to view four other movies until I reach the end of this film.

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charlesfleming61
Nov 19, 2012

Ilove this film,watched in the thearteras well as the sequel"far away so close with " lou reed " instead of "Nick Caveand Crimeand the City Soulution " As well as Peter Faulks return!

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kirubelgw
Feb 02, 2012

Captivating fable about an angel who yearns to be human while prowling the streets of Berlin. Visually stunning, and thematically fascinating. A lyrical and poetic examination about desire and human existence.

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sarifu
Oct 16, 2011

Yes, I too realized it was "artsy-fartsy" on first viewing when I was young and thought I understood everything, but I've watched it again every so often and appreciate it more as I get older.

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juliekal
Aug 16, 2011

Subtitles are what makes this film alternatively charming and somewhat tedious at first. That being said, by the end of it, one feels it has been a beautiful, haunting and unforgettable dream. Notwithstanding the fantastic soundtrack, the 1998 remake City of Angels is comparatively like a bad ketchup commercial (picture Meg Ryan and Nicolas Cage trying to be really serious). I would recommend watching both to really appreciate just how good the original really is.

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aqiva
Jul 20, 2011

re subtitles for the hearing impaired: This film is not subtitled for the hearing impaired. Primary spoken languages are German, French and English; short dialogue bits are spoken in other languages; there are also vocal songs on the soundtrack and songs sung by actors. Only the German and French dialogue is subtitled, and poorly designed at that: White letters which are blurry and hazy when the background imagery is light or white (most of the film is black and white); easier to read when the background imagery is black (rarely happens). None of the songs, either those on the soundtrack or those sung by actors have subtitles. None of the English language dialogue has subtitles. The Criterion Collection, which released the film in N.America (US, Canada) is notorious for showing contempt for English language hearing impaired movie goers w/ most foreign language films they distribute; many Criterion releases have no subtitles; those that have subtitles are usually of poor readability and make a mockery out of current standards of quality of closed-captions. The Criterion company would be well served by contracting out subtitles to the National Captioning Institute (US) or companies which make closed captioning as seen on many channels of cable tv in the UK. UK closed captioning uses color letters against a black banner background, upper case, and are almost always readable. The NCI (US) captions are also upper case and very accessible.

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mariednguyen
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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paul1
Dec 30, 2015

"Just look into your eyes and tell you how good it is to be here. Just to touch something. See that’s cold; that feels good. Or to smoke. Have coffee. Or if you do it together, that’s fantastic." Peter Falk

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