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Wings of Desire

  • Fantasy
  • Drama
  • 1987
  • Wim Wenders
  • 122 mins
  • PG

Summary

Fantasy drama starring Bruno Ganz and Solveig Dommartin.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Dedicated to directors Yasujiro Ozu, François Truffaut and Andrei Tarkovsky, this elegiac fantasy secured Germany's Wim Wenders a place at world cinema's top table alongside his heroes. It's shot in crisp, sepia-tinged monochrome (and at key points, warm colour) around an austere, brutalist West Berlin, where a pair of angels (Bruno Ganz, Otto Sander) move about the city - invisible, eternal observers of everyday lives. They listen beatifically in on the thoughts of - among others - an elderly poet, a lonely circus performer (Solveig Dommartin) and a suicidal young man on a factory roof, their inability to intervene eventually causing a crisis of conscience for Ganz. Peter Falk appears - essentially as himself - as a tactile, English-speaking ex-angel researching the past, but the cumulative, atmospheric and philosophical whole is more important than individual narratives. Achingly trendy at the time, not least for the contributions of suitably gothic musician Nick Cave, it abides as an important meditative document from the time of the Berlin Wall.

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Credits

Cast

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DamielBruno Ganz
MarionSolveig Dommartin
CassielOtto Sander
HomerCurt Bois
Peter FalkPeter Falk
Marion's coachLajos Kovacs
ClownBruno Rosaz

Crew

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DirectorWim Wenders

Details

Languages
English | German | Japanese | French | Hebrew | Spanish | Turkish
Guidance
Swearing
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Black and white
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