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From Oscar®-nominated* writer/director Wim Wenders (Buena Vista Social Club) comes this "exhilarating" (Vanity Fair) and life-affirming tale that won him the 1987 Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival and inspired City of Angels. Co-written with Peter Handke, this "enchanting" (The New York Times) film about the joy of life is "that rare thing a work of true originality" (Newsweek)! Damiel (Bruno Ganz) is a lonely angel who roams the streets of Berlin providing comfort to mortals in need. But when he is drawn into the life of a beautifuland troubledtrapeze artist, he experiences love for the first time and does everything in his power to be seen, heard and felt by her. Jeopardizing his divine position, Damiel is faced with a most difficult decision: either give up love or lose his eternal wings forever! *1999: Documentary Feature, Buena Vista Social Club
This Special Edition illustrates how time to reflect can create better DVD extras. Looking back 16 years after his film debuted in 1987, director Wim Wenders examines it with new eyes. The movie--largely unscripted, we learn--is a love letter to Berlin, a town in flux (it was shot before "the Wall" fell). Wender's dry, insightful commentary takes us through the genesis of the film and the importance of the real-world settings, many of which no longer exist. Peter Falk is also on the commentary track and, like his presence in the film, offers a punch of earnest emotion and humor. Much of the 45-minute featurette repeats Wenders's commentary points. Many of the key talents are interviewed and director Brad Silverberg takes on a role as the film's fan (he later made the Americanization, City of Angels). There's some 20 minutes of deleted scenes (polished and unpolished) including material that was reshot for the sequel. The packed disc includes an offbeat trailer or two along with a gorgeous transfer of the remarkable film. --Doug Thomas
Excellent slow portrayal of the angst of being or not being humanPublished 13 days ago by S. Blackwell
Loved it. First I've ever bought/rented on Amazon just to watch electronically instead of on a disc. As long as my internet stays connected, the picture is crystal clear.Published 16 days ago by Katherine
There is good and bad critique around for this film, some people have problems with the pace at which the film runs, others take issue with the Director himself saying he might... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Oscar Nicholson
Depressing and unrealistic story, but unpredictable enough to keep you wanting to see what happens next. The scenes of Berlin before, during, and after WWII are excellent!Published 1 month ago by TD
Wim Wenders. Der Himmel uber Berlin. Awe inspiring view of the divided Berlin which was navigated freely by angels who could go anywhere, observe anything, and watch over anyone... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Art Hansen
You know this book gets absolutely great reviews by people who are paid big money to review movies. I don't get paid but I will review it anyway. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tina
I loved the story and the acting was brilliant! I had heard about this as a must see for German movies and I was not disappointed. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
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Yeah, me too. It's really annoying - I finally got around to watching it today, and it's screwed up.
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