in about 100 words or less
West Germany/France 127m, B&W, Colour
Director: Wim Wenders; Cast: Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin, Otto Sander, Curt Bois, Peter Falk, Nick Cave
Heaven 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).