Wings Of Desire details
|Formats:||15 DVD, 12 Blu-ray, LOVEFiLM Instant|
|Starring:||Harry Dea, Otto Sander, Solveig Dommartin, Peter Falk, Hans Christian Blech, Curt Bois, Lisa Kreuzer, Rudiger Vogler, Dennis Hopper, Dean Stockwell, Udo Kier, Bruno, Dean Stockwell, Dean Stockwell|
|Genres:||Drama, Romance, World Cinema|
|Collections:||Germany vs Australia|
Wings Of Desire
|2hrs 2 mins||12|
LOVEFiLM Instant Information
|Run time:||2 hours 2 minutes|
|Rental release:||To be confirmed|
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pretentious, moi ?By a customer from London , 15 Sep 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]I love Wim Wenders, and Paris Texas still stands as a classic European view of American society's interesting underbelly.
I watched Wings of Desire last in 1987 when it first came out and thought it was a work of genius - deep, philosophical, meaningful, well photographed, etc etc.
I watched it again last night and found it still interesting - but for other reasons. The Berlin Wall features a lot in the movie, representing a physical barrier not unlike the barrier between the spiritual and material worlds represented by the angels and humans. I never really noticed that before.
Also there's a strong sense of the mid 80's German Zeitgeist - lots of existential angst, guilt about the war, confusion as to their identity as a nation split in half by the wall.
The musical interludes which were avant garde at the time look and sound frankly loopy now (what were we thinking back then ?)
There are some lovely, subtle ideas in this movie, but it's about 40 minutes too long - there's so much ethereal deep and meaningless monologue you just feel like saying ok,ok now get on with it.
Peter Falk brings a sense of reality and much needed humour to an effort which without him was in serious danger of disappearing up itself.
What I used to think was profound in this now looks dated and somewhat pretentious (like most of Peter Greenaway's work). This movie is hard work - however a definite German art house classic.
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A challenging watch but worth the effortBy Gary Sinclair-Stedman from Plymouth, England , 08 Jun 2006'Wings of Desire' is a memorable, moving and intelligent film that leaves a lasting impression. It is set in the still divided Berlin of the 1970's and the Berlin wall is cleverly used as a metaphor for numerous aspects of division. Bruno Ganz, in an early role, demonstrates all the acting skill that led him to portray Hitler so chillingly and convincingly in the excellent 'Downfall'. He is an Angel who watches over those who live in the German City, gently comforting those who need his support, without them realising he is ever there. The artistic device used to convey his detachment from humanity is black and white filming, which works to good effect. Whenever we see things from the human perspective, colour is used and the juxtaposition between the two film mediums and views is affecting and effective. Through conversations with Peter Falk - yes, the actor playing himself and not a character! - Ganz' character makes the decision to become human, with all the frailties and difficulties of living in the Berlin of the time that that necessarily entails. The humanity that Bruno Ganz witnesses, as an Angel, is largely that of those experiencing despair and suffering in the decimated and war scarred City and thus the film must be necessarily somewhat negative in the ealy sections. However, it is not ultimately a bleak and depressing film, because Ganz' character is merely a witness and not involved in the suffering and so neither are we, as the audience. He realises that however much we suffer in life, it is our ability to feel, even if it is only pain, that makes a life worth living and so very precious. The second act is almost entirely in colour and lifts the mood of the film dramatically. You feel the joy and love in Ganz, as he makes the transition to humanity and it leaves you with a real sense of hope in the depths of the despair that surrounds the human characters in the film. Some interesting narrative styles are used to further convey division and the emotions Ganz feels at what he observes as an Angel, and later feels as a human. These include a narration from a Homeric character who wanders the devestated City in search of the Truth of his existence, quoting amd paraphrasing from the eponymous Greek Epics. Numerous of the characters thoughts are expressed as spoken poetry and this too gives insight into the thinking behind the humans' mental states. The film even includes a performance from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, which is quite amazing and surprisingly affecting. My advice to anyone renting this film, who is not used to arthouse films, is to bear with it to the end, because the beginning may seem a little dark and hopeless but as the film progresses, you come to appreciate that it is not and it leaves you happy to have seen it. Only in the depths of despair can the seed of the strongest hope take root and trully blossom. It is this sentiment that finally comes across in Wim Wender's moving and deeply affecting film and I recommend it to anyone wanting something cerebral and emotional to really become engaged with. Not, however, for those wanting an easy film to watch. The seriousness of the film cannot possibly merit five stars, as it is, by its very nature, never going to be an 'enjoyable' experience in the traditional 'escapist Hollywood movie' sense. It well deserves four stars though, because it stays with you as an experience long after the credits roll.
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OriginalBy NorwichTim (26 reviews) from UK , 27 Jan 2006I didn't quite like Wings of Desire as much as I wanted to. It's full of astounding cinematic ideas and beautiful images. I liked the acting a lot, especially Ganz. My one quibble is that the dialogue is very poetic all the way through, which for me was one layer of artifice too deep. Maybe it would be easier to process for the watcher who can listen to the original German, instead of reading the subtitles. Still a great film, and one that I imagine could grow with subsequent viewings.
Poetic movieBy a customer from Reading, England , 11 Jan 2006Very arthouse and 80's, a very poetic movie that was beautifully acted.
Highbrow, arthouse, poeticBy NadeemF (84 reviews) from Saffron Walden , 01 Dec 2005A real 1980's European arthouse piece.
Angel's witness and testify events all around them in Berlin; though they appear to focus on quite eclectic events (eg 'a man walking in the rain folds up his umbrella and continues to walk'. You see nice black and white shots while this kind of poetry flows past.
The actual story is that the main angel in the story wishes to give up eternity watching event and to become mortal and take part.
Peter Falk is great as Peter Falk the former angel.
Nick Cave is great as Nick Cave playing a gig (with The Bad Seeds) in one scene (2 full songs),
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A tricky one to rate.....By a customer from Hotel Rwanda , 30 Nov 2005....but I give it three stars. Beautifully shot, primarily in B&W (angels view) with some colour bits thown in (humans view). It took me some time to understand what the angels were up to. The gentle pace may well put off some viewers, but it is worth sticking with if only for the last quarter when the whole film begins to make sense.