Wings of Desire (2-DVD)
There are angels on the streets of Berlin.
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- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: PG-13
- Run Time: 2 hours, 7 minutes
- Video: Black & White / Color
- Released: November 3, 2009
- Originally Released: 1987
- Label: Criterion
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Disc One - Audio Commentary featuring Wenders and Actor Peter Falk - Trailers
- Disc Two - The Angels Among Us (2003), A Documentary featuring interviews with Wenders, Falk, Actors Bruno Ganz and Otto Sander, Writer Peter Handke, And Composer Jürgen Knieper - "Wim Wenders Berlin Jan. 87", from an Episode of the French Television Program Cinéma Cinémas, including on-set footage - Interview with Director Of Photography Henri Alekan - Deleted Scenes and Outtakes, Excerpts from the Film Alekan la lumière (1985) and Ganz and Sander's Remembrance: Film for Curt Bois (1982), Notes and Photos by Art Directors Heidi and Toni Lüdi
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.66
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English, French, German
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French, German
- Subtitles - English, French
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Solveig Dommartin, Otto Sander, Bruno Ganz & Peter Falk|
|Performer:||Hans Martin Stier|
|Featured:||Crime and the City Solution & Nick Cave|
|Directed by||Wim Wenders|
|Edited by||Peter Przygodda|
|Screenwriting by||Peter Handke & Wim Wenders|
|Composition by||Jürgen Knieper & Jurgen Kneiper|
|Produced by||Anatole Daumon & Wim Wenders|
|Director of Photography:||Henri Alekan|
Cannes 1987 - Best Director: Wim Wenders
...[WINGS OF DESIRE] has a loveliness of conception that, for a time, keeps it as feathery as an angel's wings....Wender's mpst ambitous effort yet, and [it] certainly radiates immense promise...
New York Times
It remains one of the most beautiful, heartfelt movies ever, and will always be just what I need. Full Review
A sublimely beautiful, deeply romantic film for our times.
Rating: 10/10 -- Some of the finest of writer Peter Handke's work, influenced by Rainer Maria Rilke, is on generous offer. Henri Alekan's camerawork, poetry upon poetry, is particularly fine. Full Review
Wings of Desire is one of Wenders's most stunning achievements. Full Review
Rating: 5/5 -- I love that search for what makes a human. Full Review
At the Movies (Australia)
...Legendary cinematographer Henri Alekan shot the film's brooding first half in emotionally stirring monochrome....[Later] this truly original piece of work switches to color...
The sky over Wenders's war-scarred Berlin is full of gentle angels wearing trench coats who listen to the tortured thoughts of mortals and try to comfort them. One wishes to become mortal after falling in love with a beautiful trapeze artist. Peter Falk, as himself, assists in the transformation by explaining the simple joys of a human experience, such as the sublime combination of coffee and cigarettes. The result is a film that is simultaneously sentimental and cerebral.
WINGS OF DESIRE (Der Himmel uber Berlin) is one of cinema's loveliest city symphonies. Bruno Gatz is Damiel, an angel perched atop buildings high over Berlin who can hear the thoughts - fears, hopes, and dreams - of all the people living below. But when he falls in love with a beautiful trapeze artist, he is willing to give up his immortality to come back to earth to be with her. Made not long before the fall of the Berlin Wall, this stunning tapestry of sounds and images, shot in black and white and color by the legendary Henri Alekan, is movie poetry. And it forever made the name Wim Wenders synonymous with film art.
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