Sometimes you just get lucky and doubly happen to be in the right place at the right time. Having Peter Faulk cast as an ex-angel was the third miracle element to help cement Wings Of Desire as one of the monumental films of decade called the 1980’s adding that just right touch of magic. If Wim Wenders made no other films than this and his opus on the American west – Paris, Texas, he could still be considered one of our great film makers in modern times
Life does work in strange ways and not always just. As of the 2009 Criterion release of this film arrives, in the 20 years hence, Wenders has not come close to making anything so grand or inspiring. Wings Of Desire remains a true original as he captures the last ghost of old Europe just before the borders come down forever. Nothing can ever be the same.