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Wings of Desire


Roger Davidson

Wings of Desire
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Director Wim Wenders' masterpiece follows the day to day life of two angels (Bruno Ganz and Otto Sander) in Berlin, who wander the streets invisible to humans, while being very influential in their mortal lives. Both Ganz and Sander ponder over what it's like to be human, but when Ganz falls in love with a French trapeze artist (Solveig Dommartin), he becomes enthralled with the idea of becoming human.

This is a beautiful poetic film, with exquisite cinematography in both black-and-white and color. The performances by Ganz, Sander and Dommartin are amazing. The best performance, however, comes from Peter Falk, as an American actor in Berlin, who knows of the angel's existence and befriends Ganz, when Ganz becomes human. Wenders has dedicated this film to famed directors (and "Fallen Angels") Yasujiro Ozu, Andrei Tarkovsky and Francois Truffaut. It's an affectionate homage to these directors and the art of filmaking. You could say it's Wenders' 8 1/2.

My Rating = Four Stars

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