Damiel (Bruno Ganz) and Cassiel (Otto Sander) are angels who watch over the city of Berlin. They don't have harps or wings (well, they usually don't have wings) and they prefer overcoats to gossamer g... read more
Directed by: Wim Wenders
Release Date: May 17, 1987
DVD Release Date: July 1, 2003
Stats: 2,256 reviews
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April 6, 2012
Daniel and Cassiel are two angels who are assigned to watch over the city of Berlin. It is their job to monitor people and take note of all that occurs, and to help out those in need. Daniel (Bruno Ganz) eventually grows tired of this, and decides to give up immortality to become...
July 15, 2011
My only criticism of Wings of Desire is that it has people playing themselves. It's a pet hate of mine but I'm really not too bothered as I love Peter Falk and I'm a big Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds & Crime and the city solution fan. I also love Berlin and so I think I was always ...
July 6, 2011fb619846742
A beautiful, haunting, atmospheric drama concerning two angels (Bruno Ganz and Otto Sandler) who wander amongst the streets of Berlin undetected, and how one of them (Ganz) falls in love with a trapeze artist (Solveig Dommartin) and starts to ponder about the opportunity of becom...
June 25, 2011
actor peter falk died yesterday, aged 83. in this magical film he plays himself. one thing many fans don't know is that the sketches made by his character in the film were also his own. a genius talent mostly remembered for his role as a rumpled detective: rip lt.columbo :'(
June 2, 2011
In my review of The Lovely Bones, I wrote about the difficulties associated with depicting the afterlife on screen. The select group of films which manage to pull it off take one of two approaches: either they approach the subject in a manner which is fantastical but fleeting, or...
April 5, 2011
A deeply personal and exhaustive rumination on what it means to be human. While this idea would be lifted for the American disaster City of Angels, this film actually has something to offer the viewer besides the satisfaction of seeing Meg Ryan get plowed by a semi. Not only does...
March 19, 2011
as much a cinematic poem as a story, the film was masterfully shot and the mental monologues were beautiful. ganz and falk were especially good in their roles, and to see the mastery of this film and the futility of the american remake is further evidence that people need to see...
February 25, 2011
Interesting plot line but it seems to dwardle along with no care in the world. By the end I did feel for Damiel and wanted him to be happy. The scene with Marion and Damiel near the end is simply mesmirising. One of the best scenes I have seen in a long time. Their passion and de...
February 18, 2011
A bit redundant, but visually enthralling.
January 29, 2011
This is just a fantastically beautiful film about angels and humans and life and death and love. The story is unique and awe inspiring, but you also get a bit of humour from Peter Falk, which is so cool. Plus, you get a performance from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. I loved thi...
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