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Wings of Desire ( Himmel über Berlin, Der ) (1988) Movie Information

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Overall Rank:

421

Avg. Rating:

3.14/4

# of Ratings:

83

Genres:

Fantasy, Drama

Rating:

PG-13

Language:

German

Theater Date:

04/29/1988

DVD Release:

11/03/2009

Director:

Wim Wenders

Actors:

Bruno Ganz
Solveig Dommartin
Otto Sander
Curt Bois
Peter Falk
Hans Martin Stier

 

 

 

 

Plot Outline:

A discontented angel wanders around Berlin, listening to people's thoughts, until he falls in love with a circus acrobat and decides to become human so he can be with her. Based on poems by Rainer Maria Rilke. -- Filmhog

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Victoria 10/08/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
2.5/4 

We all want something in this life, a burning desire for more or what we cannot have. Even someone who has everything still longs for more. Much like, in the movie “Wings of Desire”. Therefore it came as no surprise when the main character Damiel, an angel, longs to be human, in order to be with the mortal women he falls in love with. Though this movie sounds like it has great potential, do not be conned into thinking it’s something worth seeing. The story line is amusing, but overall it is two and a half hours of confusion and disappointment.

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mitchellyoung 05/21/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
4/4 

A beautiful film that uses visual imagery and symbolism to tell the story of an angel fallen from heaven. There are a lot of literary allusions, creative film-making devices, and dealings with spiritual themes. I would call it a film purely for a thinking audience, as the barebones plot and slow pace might be frustrating, but if you look deeper into the nuances of the film and take time to think about it, I think you will be more satisfied.

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phantom 11/22/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
4/4 

If you liked City of Angels, you probably won't like this movie, because this was the original film and was done well, unlike City of Angels. This film floats about leaving things unexplained that don't need explanation. Bruno Ganz is not in enough movies, or at least not in enough that get shown in America.

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Filmhog 09/13/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
2.5/4 

I know this is supposed to be a masterpiece, but it really didn't do anything for me until the last 45 minutes. But, oh, those 45 minutes! So if you get bogged down watching this and wonder whether to quit, keep going. It's worth it.

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Ghost Seed 07/29/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
4/4 

This film is a breath-taking work of art. The acting (and the chemistry between Ganz & Dommartin, two angels/friends who have seen it all from Earth's beginning), the cinematography - the use of black and white in the Angel's "realm", and color in ours (symbolizing the richness and beauty we get to experience as humans) - Amazing. The poetic writing revealing the thoughts of Berlin's citizens is fascinating...as is the main character's conflict. Instantly made my list of all time favorites, and pushed me to explore all of Wim Wender's work.

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02/01/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Wings of Desire review

Marion, a trapeze artist is followed by an angel named Damiel. He decides to become human. The screenplay was excellent. This is shown from a few memorable quotes of the film: Marion - “To live…one look is enough.” ”These things happen; it’s just the way it is.” “Everything’s possible.” Lady – “One can only hope.” The angels - “Why am I here?” “Isn’t life under the sun just a dream?” “Let things happen.” The film drags a bit when Marion is being followed by Damiel, some scenes felt long which had nothing to do with the plot. It was also perplexing how the two fell in love so easily when they never went out when Damiel was in human form. The score and soundtrack was apposite. Its cinematography was stunning with the combination of two perspectives in color and black and white whi...

Rating of
3.5/4 

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