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Wings of Desire (The Criterion Collection)
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This is not a perfect film. There are some dull moments, and I thoroughly dislike a couple of moments in the film, in particular, Dommartin's speech to Bruno Ganz in the bar near the end of the film. But there are so many magnificent moments, so many moments where they not merely get something right, but produce a moment of almost transcendent beauty, that WINGS OF DESIRE provides more than entertainment, but something akin to a reason to live. The movie becomes in the end a celebration of life, of all the tawdry elements that go into being human. The movie ends in affirming nearly as many things as Walt Whitman does in "Song of Myself."
I love the cast.Read more ›
The angel Damiel (Bruno Ganz) seems a tad more animated in expression than the others, including his angel buddy Samiel (Otto Sander), and it turns out that that's because he is seriously interested in human beings to the extent of renouncing his angelic status and becoming human.Read more ›
Also included are the German theatrical trailer and an amusing "Wen Wunderts" promo trailer.
The second disc features the bulk of the extra material, starting off with "The Angels Among Us," a 2003 documentary where key cast and crew members are interviewed. Wenders wanted to make a film about Berlin, the way he remembered it when he was young. Peter Handke talks about his unconventional approach to the script. For the two main angels, Wenders cast Bruno Ganz and Otto Sander based on their 20-year friendship and working relationship. Everyone speaks quite eloquently about their experiences making Wings of Desire.
"Cinema Cinemas" features an interview with Wenders from the February 17, 1987 episode of this French television program. We see Wenders at work on the set of Wings of Desire with his cast and crew shooting scenes from the film.
Also included are nine deleted scenes with commentary by Wenders and outtakes but only with music. Not surprisingly, there is a lot of footage of the angels observing humanity. The outtakes feature all sorts of beautiful shots of Berlin.Read more ›
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What a superb 'fantasy' (or is it?) romance...the characters longing for understanding (and finding) the ultimate romance feels you with hope. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Oscar
This is one of the greatest movies of all time. I try to watch it at least annually, and always find something new in it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by David McCall
Darkly captivating, a masterpiece of exploration into the perilous domains of passion!Published 3 months ago by JED
Having a "favorite" would seem to preclude so many other great films, but I find myself having to watch this every so often: it grounds me.Published 3 months ago by Laz
In this 1987 Wim Wenders classic (finally getting the Criterion treatment this month), two angels, Damiel and Cassiel, watch over a divided Berlin. Read more
Excellent product! Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys a quality interlude of tasteful entertainment.Published 3 months ago by grafdog
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