Wings of Desire

1987 [GERMAN]

Action / Drama / Fantasy / Romance

Plot summary

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Peter Falk as Peter Falk
Jürgen Heinrich Photo
Jürgen Heinrich as In den Altbauwohnungen
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Nick Cave as Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
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Bruno Ganz as Damiel
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1.06 GB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
2 hr 8 min
P/S 0 / 16
2.04 GB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
2 hr 8 min
P/S 7 / 45

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by mjneu5910 / 10

poetry in motion

Compelling, ponderous, exasperating, enigmatic, demanding and beautiful: Wim Wenders' rediscovery of his native Germany from its most symbolic city is all this and more. His spellbinding portrait of Berlin, past and present, is poetry in motion: a haunting, hypnotic masterpiece that lingers in the memory long after its final image fades from the screen.

From the opening aerial shots to the last (admittedly long-winded) soliloquy, the film is a provocative look at a world that has long since lost its innocence, as witnessed by a pair of benevolent guardian angels invisibly cataloguing human daydreams and emotions, and occasionally offering mute comfort in moments of private spiritual crisis. In the divided city of Berlin what they most often overhear are poetic expressions of longing and despair, but it isn't enough to stop one empathetic angel from trading in his wings for a chance to experience all the mundane, earthbound luxuries of mortal life, from something as simple as a cup of hot coffee to something as complicated as falling in love.

In less sensitive hands the idea might never have gone beyond a simple romantic fantasy (as in the inevitable Hollywood remake, starring Nicholas Cage),but Wenders and co-writer Peter Handke are more interested in making the film a vicarious tour of the human condition, overheard in passing: an infant's first joyous observations; the final thoughts of an auto accident victim; the calm resignation of a man on the brink of suicide; and the recollections of an actor (Peter Falk, playing himself, but with a whimsical twist) on location during the making of a war movie.

Wenders' typically moody soul searches aren't always easy to sit through, but the unexpected element of fantasy lifts the film completely out of the ordinary, and the soaring imagery (shot mostly in luminous black and white) goes a long way toward balancing the occasional clutter of repetitive prose-poetry during the sometimes protracted interior monologues. Viewers may find it either exhilarating or annoying, but behind all the angst and alienation is a stubborn, almost childlike faith in the benevolence of human nature.

Reviewed by HenryHextonEsq9 / 10

A Remarkable Achievement

A visually beautiful film, which boasts one of the most poetic and literary scripts ever- the dreamlike poetry of the dialogue fits seamlessly in with the overpowering visuals. The acting is of very high callibre too, with Peter Falk adding a very welcome dimension to the film and Bruno Ganz proving a master at acting via expression and nuance. The storyline is nice and simple and is given much additional poignancy and depth by the way Wenders directed, Henri Alekan photographed and the choice of music for certain scenes- the use of Nick Cave's "The Carney" is especially perfect for the scene in which it was used, as was the music during the main scene where we get to see Marion's Trapeze act- the music, visual mastery and the act itself combine to stunningly entrancing effect. That 100 people have given this film a 1/10 mark is almost beyond belief, as it is an absolute joy from start to finish. Rating:- ***** (out of *****)

Reviewed by MartinHafer9 / 10

starts off slowly but picks up speed in second half

The first half of this movie was interesting but very slow. It consisted of angels wandering the streets of Berlin listening to the private thoughts and philosophical musings of mortals. However, it was slow because this just seemed to go on and on and on and I literally fell asleep repeatedly--having to rewind the video and figure out where I left off before sleeping. I even took breaks, but fell asleep again and again. However, later in the movie when Peter Falk began talking to the angels even though he could not see them, I had no trouble staying awake because this was VERY baffling. Up until then, not one of the mortals (except for very young kids) could sense the angels BUT Peter Falk (as himself) could! Then, the main angel the camera has been following makes the fateful decision to become mortal! All this second half gave the movie a nice payoff and overall I liked the film very much.

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