Wings Of Desire

(Der Himmel über Berlin)

Must-See Cinema! The most popular arthouse movie of the 1980s.

Poster art for "Wings Of Desire"Part romance, part comedy, part meditation on matters political and philosophical, Wim Wenders’s remarkable movie posits a world haunted by invisible angels listening in to our thoughts. Such plot as there is concerns two kindly spirits (Ganz and Sander), posted to contemporary Berlin, who encounter a myriad of mortals, including an ageing writer blighted by memories of a devastated Germany; actor Peter Falk, on location shooting a film about the Nazi era; and a lonely trapeze artist, with whom Ganz falls in love, thus prompting his desire to become mortal at last.

A film about the Fall and the Wall, it’s full of astonishingly hypnotic images (courtesy of veteran cinematographer Henri Alékan), and manages effortlessly to turn Wenders’s and Peter Handke’s poetic, literary script into pure cinematic expression.

– Geoff Andrew, Time Out Film Guide


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