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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.
What an enchanting and thought-provoking movie! The basic premise is that there are angels watching over the earth -- or maybe only Berlin, where, God knows, they needed angels... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Stanley Crowe
would have enjoyed it better if it was in English instead of German.but all in all it was a nice movie.Published 4 months ago by Andrew Smaragdidis
Oh God! Out with the hankies. Anyone who isn't moved when they watch this must have a heart of STONE. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Caro on the couch
love this film, though it's of it's time and a bit heavy at times, it's still worth it, for the black and white film & music by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, actually saw this film... Read morePublished 6 months ago by J. Connelly
Great picture and sound quality on the Axiom blu ray release:
Note that the aspect ratio is: 1.67:1 - so you will see two black stripes on the edges of the screen.
The classic movie now looks a little dated, but the theme is still relevant and quite inspiring all the same. It's one that everyone should see once in their life.Published 9 months ago by John Mayer
As you've probably gathered most of the reviews are for the 'DVD' version of the haunting and visually beautiful Wim Wender’s “Wings Of Desire”. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mark Barry
A deep and honest look at the lives of people. Angels hover over Berlin discussing our world and the people in it, finding themselves drawn to the desire of worldly experiences and... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Renée Paule