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Der Himmel über Berlin (1987)

West Germany/France 127m, B&W, Colour
Director: Wim Wenders; Cast: Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin, Otto Sander, Curt Bois, Peter Falk, Nick Cave

wings_of-desireHeaven Over Berlin, also known as Wings of Desire, is a romantic fantasy about an angel who sheds his heavenly form to become human after falling in love with a trapeze artist. As one of a number of angels who observe the human condition in Berlin, Damiel and his winged compatriots listen to people’s thoughts, converse about infinity, and take in a performance by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds. An eclectic film, Wenders employs colour and black and white photography as a device to signal human and angelic points of view, and relies on a flowing style of dialogue that is often narrative is structure. The result is an interesting “outsider” commentary on what it must be like to be a human (Klaus Ming February 2016).

2 comments on “Der Himmel über Berlin (1987)

  1. SJHoneywell

    I think this is a really beautiful film. It’s not for everyone, but I found it dreamy and mesmerizing and wonderful.

    • Klaus

      Definitely a pretty film, and engaging, considering the wandering plot. But yeah, definitely not for everyone.

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