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.
Publisher: [S.l.] : Criterion Collection, c2009
Edition: Special ed. widescreen
Description: 2 videodiscs (127 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in
ISBN: 9781604651607
1604651601
Branch Call Number: DVD Wing

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NurseChocolate
Feb 24, 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.

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VonHafenstaaad
Feb 24, 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.

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Maoisdead
Feb 24, 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).

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TheeAvebury
Feb 21, 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.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Feb 21, 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.

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.

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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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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