Big Movie Tuesday: Wings of Desire

Wings of Desire


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An epic fantasy of haunting drama and romance, Wings of Desire marked Wim Wenders’s homecoming and was his first German film after eight years in America. The main characters are guardian angels—benevolent, invisible beings in trench coats—who listen to the thoughts of mortals and attempt to comfort them. One of them, Damiel (Bruno Ganz), wishes to become human after he falls in love with the beautiful trapeze artist Marion (Solveig Dommartin). Peter Falk, playing himself, helps Damiel during his transformation by introducing him to life’s little pleasures. The film is narrated from the perspective of the angels, who see the world in black and white. A lyrical paean to the city of Berlin, Wings of Desire has achieved cult status around the world. Music by Nick Cave, Laurie Anderson and many others. (Partially subtitled)
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