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10,125 Ratings

Wings of Desire

Der Himmel über Berlin

Directed by Wim Wenders
West Germany, France, 1987
Fantasy, Drama, Comedy


An angel overlooking the divided city of Berlin makes a wish to become a human mortal when he begins falling in love with a beautiful French trapeze artist.

Our take

Wim Wenders’ masterpiece? Wings of Desire is one of cinema’s loveliest symphonies, a poignant fantasy and a tapestry of sounds and images (mixing color with black & white) that forever made Wenders’ name synonymous with film art.

Wings of Desire Directed by Wim Wenders
Once upon a time, half the city of Berlin was a land-locked island. Wim Wenders’s most enduring and atmospheric film, Wings of Desire, first released here 30 years ago, may be the movie that most powerfully evokes the mood of Cold War Berlin (at least on the western side of the Wall).
September 25, 2018
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In the film’s second half, its aesthetic switches from black-and-white contemplation to color fantasy as one angel (again Wenders’ majestically lumpen leading man Ganz) gives up his wings to come to earth and find love with a beautiful trapeze artist. Has a movie ever offered a plainer, more joyous affirmation of earthly wonder than Peter Falk and a cup of hot coffee on a cold day?
November 05, 2015
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With two poignant and enjoyable cameos—Peter Falk and Nick Cave both portray themselves—Wenders’s ethereal masterpiece dazzles along the lines of fantasy and reality.
September 09, 2015
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