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Wings of Desire

HD   PG-13

Wim Wenders

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About the Movie

Wings of Desire is one of cinema’s loveliest city symphonies. Bruno Ganz is Damiel, an angel perched atop buildings high over Berlin who can hear the thoughts—fears, hopes, 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 and 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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 48
  • Fresh: 47
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 8.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A sublimely beautiful, deeply romantic film for our times. – David Stratton, Variety, Nov 27, 2012

Fresh: One of the few truly great movies to come out of the '80s. – Douglas Pratt, Hollywood Reporter, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: A fantasy that... goes right in spite of its solemn style. – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal, Nov 27, 2012

Fresh: Underneath its melancholia and mind-boggling, even bothersome metaphysics, it's the simplest (well, almost) story ever told -- angel meets girl, angel gets girl. – Rita Kempley, Washington Post, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Simply The Best Movie Ever Made

What can I say? This is the best movie ever made. Director Wim Wenders has always followed his own path and has created some true art such as Paris Texas and Kings of the Road in the process. Conversely, some of his films I find almost un-watcheable, but Wings of Desire, initially entitled Skies Over Berlin in it's German release, is pure magic. Beautiful story, cinematography acting and music. In fact if you're a Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds or Crime and the City Solution fan, this film is a must see. Peter Falk fans would also want to take note. Bruno Ganz, who later played Hitler in Downfall, perfectly plays the polar opposite angel. The pacing might be considered somewhat slow by some, so make yourself a strong cup of coffee and enjoy. Wings has been the inspiration for many "homages" and has spawned the Hollywood version City of Angels with Nicholas Cage which I just can't bring myself to watch. Do yourself a favor as well and avoid it like the plague. It's clearly just a dumbed down Hollywood version for an audience it's producers clearly felt needed larger print. Wings spawned a sequel entitled Faraway So Close which sadly didn't live up to my hopes. It's probably worth seeing if you like Wings but don't expect the same type of film. I seem to remember an interview with Wim around the time of it's release in which he said that he changed genres half way through shooting. I know I haven't really said much about the plot of the film here, probably because you simply need to see this film and I find that I enjoy films most when I go in without plot expectations. As a disclaimer, if you're tastes propelled you to see The Expendables on it's opening weekend, in the might want to skip this one. Just a hunch. Everyone else...check it out tonight!

The Human Story

Based on Rilke's Duino Elegies, this is a film quite simply about what it means to be human. Gorgeous photography, metaphysical depth, lyrical beauty, and historical insight make this film one of the best ever produced. So moved was I by this film that it forever changed the course of my life from scientist to humanist. A consummate masterpiece.

One of my favorites

No wonder U2 stole from it in one of their videos.

Wings of Desire
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  • $19.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1987

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