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Wings of Desire

Director: Wim Wenders

Country:  Germany, France

Year of Production:  1987

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Synopsis

In WINGS OF DESIRE, director Wim Wenders' (Paris, Texas, Alice in the Cities) most metaphysical work, a guardian angel desires nothing more than to be human.

Every day, Dammiel (Bruno Ganz, The American Friend, Downfall) listens to the thoughts of mortals who play their lives out on the streets of West Berlin. He finds himself entranced by a trapeze artist (Solveig Dommartin, Until the End of the World) whose eloquent expression of her doubts and fears makes him yearn for a life where he can feel happiness and love.

Like Michael Powell's A Matter of Life and Death, the afterlife in WINGS OF DESIRE is a world in monochrome. Only the living can see in full colour and it is their lives, with their moments of sorrow and joy, that Wim Wenders captures so eloquently in this singularly original film that was co-written with Peter Handke (The Goalkeeper's Fear of the Penalty Kick, Wrong Move).

Winner of the Best Director prize at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival, WINGS OF DESIRE is both a paean to Germany's capital and a rumination on human existence, and remains one of the most vital films ever made.

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Cast

Starring: 

Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin, Otto Sander, Peter Falk

Credits

Director: Wim Wenders

Writer(s): 

Wim Wenders, Peter Handke

Producers: 

Wim Wenders, Anatole Dauman

Editor:  Peter Przygodda

Cinematographer:  Henri Alekan

Music: 

J├╝rgen Knieper

Production Details

Country:  Germany, France

Year of Production:  1987

Language:  German

Subtitles: 

  • English

Duration:  128 minutes

Shooting gauge:  35mm

Original aspect ratio:  1.66:1

Certificate: 

Genre(s): 

  • Drama

DVD Release Date:  28th July 2008

Also available on Blu-Ray:  22nd February 2010

Reviews

TIME OUT

"remarkable... few films are so rich, so intriguing, or so ambitious"

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EMPIRE

"an extraordinary, haunting piece... a triumph for Wim Wenders"

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DEREK MALCOLM, THE GUARDIAN

"a masterpiece... delicately directed... magical"

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DEREK MALCOLM, THE GUARDIAN

THE SUNDAY TIMES

"a romantic delight, a modern German fairy story, in which love conquers all"

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THE SUNDAY TIMES

WASHINGTON POST

"one of the best movies you can see"

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WASHINGTON POST

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