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5.0 out of 5 stars Not so much a story - more a poem on film, 5 Nov. 2002
This review is from: Wings Of Desire [1987] [DVD] (DVD)
People buying this film for the story are apt to be disappointed - although there is one, and it's a pretty poignant exploration of the ultimate emptiness of omniscient eternity versus the joy of touching, feeling, tasting - just being. Despite the grey tones (literally; angels see in black and white) and Nick Cage's darkly atmospheric songs, it's difficult not to finish this film with a rather silly grin on your face. Yes the guy can get the girl, yes you can believe Peter Falk used to be an angel and yes you can watch practically the whole show in black and white - and still come away fulfilled!
But to be honest, where this film worked best for me was as a treat for my own senses - a series of images, vignettes and snatches of conversation that bring not just Berliners but the human species to life. By the fourth showing I wasn't even bothering with the subtitles! Don't try and work it out, just sit back and enjoy it - and the story will come to you!
By the way - there's nothing wrong with 'City of Angels', the US remake - it's just a different take on the same subject matter. In fact you can tell a lot about the European v the American approach to storytelling by watching both.
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