Wim Wenders' most purely romantic film is like poetry on celluloid, a celebration of the transient and fragile moments of being human: the warmth of a cup of coffee on a cold day, the embrace of a friend, the touch of a lover, the rapture of love. Opening with an angel's-eye view of Berlin in silvery black and white (delicately captured by the great cinematographer Henri Alekan, who photographed Jean Cocteau's Beauty and the Beast 40 years earlier), it transforms into a gauzy colour world when Damiel "crosses over" by sheer will. Peter Falk plays himself as a fallen angel with a special sensitivity for celestial visitors ("I can't see you, but I know you're there," he proclaims), and Otto Sander, whose smiling eyes brighten a face etched by eons of waiting and watching, is Damiel's partner. Wenders made a sequel in 1993, Faraway, So Close, and Hollywood remade the film as City of Angels with Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan. --Sean Axmaker, Amazon.com --This text refers to the VHS Tape edition.
This is filmed from the point of view of two angels Damiel & Cassiel. Gliding around a monochrome Berlin in the 1980s, complete with intact wall, they listen to the thoughts of... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Moira
Beautiful and sublime. Angel with a problem - how satisfyingPublished 10 days ago by Christopher W. Roelants
A visual and aural poem about a city and the unseen longings and fears of its inhabitants, Wings Of Desire is a film to submit to rather than to analyse in the cold light of day. Read morePublished 24 days ago by schumann_bg
A beautiful, moving, very human film...my favourite of all time.Published 28 days ago by GraceMark028
Quite simply in my top 10 of greatest films I have ever seen. It continues to haunt me.Published 1 month ago by MR M SEAL
A beautiful and extraordinary film that is both a meditation on life and love (and life without love) and a hymn to Berlin in the last years of the Wall. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jagman44