“ Genre: Drama / Theatrical Release: 1988 / Director: Wim Wenders / Actors: Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin ... / DVD released 03 February, 2003 at Starz Home Entertainment / Features of the DVD: Black & White, Colour, PAL, Original recording remastered „
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Synopsis: Wings of Desire shows the beauty of life and death in Berlin where Guardian angels watch over the mortals and stand beside them in times of worry. One angel falls in love with a mortal and wants nothing more than to join her back on earth. This is a hard film to write a review about because it is so hard to place your finger on why it is so special. The first time i watch it i found it quite slow, distant and sometimes hard to connect with. Only after more viewings in a Wenders style marathon have i begun to love this film. This film, unlike any other really displays the beauty of being human despite being surrounded by so much disaster and unhappiness - it really is a testament to Wender's ability to convey the lightest ambiance from even the simpilest things. Wings of Desire dips its hands into many pies but never becomes muddle - the focus is always clear and always so penetrating and moving - it seems that Wender's realised that only through fantasy and death could humans truly start to see the beauty that encaptulates the world. The film is very patient, and the leading roles seem to float into this flow and it bodes well with the atmosphere, i realized on a repeat viewing that the film could not be shot any other way because the pace depicts the lifestyle of these angels and their longing for some human contact - i love how Heaven is shown in black and white and yet earth in colour, these little details are set to remind the viewers of what they truly have and what they are lucky for. Futhermore the cinematography is wonderful, i have never seen Berlin looks so marvelous and at the same time chilling, the way the angels loom on shoulders of magnificent statues and decend from building tops as they feel everything and see everything to appear at mortals sides when they need the protection. As in Spirit of the Beehive i particulary enjoyed how Wender's displays the life through the eyes of a child, and how questions that adults ignore can become so meaningful when a child muses them to themselves. It might seem overly poetic but i think it is necessary for the viewer to connect with the conflicts the angels face when dealing with their fate. It is also a brilliant technique to make priorities and worries become much clear and easier to understand - things we take for granted in every day life such as 'Why am i me and not you?' can suddenly be so imaginative and fascinating. These simple yet oddly profound questions riddle the film at random intervals and each one makes the viewer set back and contemplate his or her life and existence on this planet - and then truly is an achievement for cinema.
Anybody that has seen the Americanized version of this film (City of Angels) owes it to themself to see the film in its original form. Bruno Ganz and Solveig Dommartin are nothing but sheer revelation in this story of an angel that comes to Earth because his urge to feel mortal thoughts and feelings becomes more than he can bear. The story is a free floating thread that glides over, around, and into a German metropolis. The film is mostly black and white, with a few key scenes in color, and has a very taut emotional tone. The cinematography throughout is nothing less than brilliant, like a dream. The accompanying music compliments the film well. Peter Falk has an unexpected role that threw me off-guard at first, perhaps his finest performance ever here, especially since he plays himself. How's that for being self-referential before "Being John Malkovich?" If I'm not mistaken, there was actually both a score and a soundtrack released from this film. For those that have seen City of Angels, I am not knocking that film, but the structural changes made in the story really didn't help it. The film in its original form from Wim Wenders (Paris, Texas) has more the ring of truth; all longing and nobleness, a blend of broken-heartedness and happiness. Alas, I lent my copy to a girl named Tracy that worked at 5-7-9 and never saw it again.. but somehow that seems appropriate. This is a movie to be shared with all.