1987 Gildepreis in Silver
(Best German Film)
1988 FELIX, European Film Prize
1988 German Film Prize in Gold
1988 Bavarian Film Prize
Road Movies Filmproduktion/Berlin
B&W and Colour
Der Himmel über Berlin
The sky over Wenders' war-scarred Berlin is full of gentle,
trenchcoated angels who listen to the tortured thoughts of
mortals and try to comfort them. One, Damiel (Bruno Ganz),
wishes to become mortal after falling in love with a beautiful
trapeze artist, Marion (Solveig Dommartin). Peter Falk, as
himself, assists in the transformation by explaining the simple
joys of a human experience, such as the sublime combination
of coffee and cigarettes.
from the angel's point of view, the film is shot in black
and white, blossoming into color only when the angels perceive
the realities of humankind. Ultimately, Damiel determines
that he must experience humanity in full, and breaks through
in to the real world to pursue a life with Marion.
hugely acclaimed and multi-award winning movie including Best
Director for Wenders at Cannes 1987; which was remade in 1998
into City of Angels starring Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan.
By Peter Handke
the child was a child
It walked with its arms swinging,
wanted the brook to be a river,
the river to be a torrent,
and this puddle to be the sea.
the child was a child,
it didnt know that it was a child,
everything was soulful,
and all souls were one.....
> German version
Dommartin (Marion), Wim Wenders
is Peter Falk doing in Wings of Desire?
and much more at: p.o.v - a Danish Journal of Film Studies
and The Modern City - by Eric Mader Lin
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun Times
Desson Howe - Washington Post
Concrete Curtain - The Life and Death of the Berlin Wall
Bois (Homer), Otto Sander (Cassiel)
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and Der Himmel über Berlin." Modern Austrain Literature
23.3/4 (1993): 53-64.
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- Hooks, Bell. "Representing Whiteness: Seeing Wings
of Desire." Yearning: Race, Gender, and Cultural Politics.
Boston: West End Press, 1990. 165-71.
- Kolker, Robert Philipp and Peter Beicken. "Wings
of Desire: Between Heaven and Earth."Wim Wenders: Cinema
as Vision and Desire. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1993. 138-60.
- Paneth, Ira. "Wim and His Wings." Film Quarterly
42 (Fall 1988): 2-8. (Interview)
- Rogowski, Christian. "'Der liebevolle Blick'? The
Problem of Perception in Wim Wenders's Wings of Desire."
Seminar (Nov. 1993): 398-409.