Wow! Loved this movie. Beautifully shot, superbly under-acted, under-stated, but so deserving of the accolades it received. I now know what my cat sees when I can't see anything - it's an angel lurking in the background. Not one that would appeal to many people, but I will go in search of a copy to buy for myself.
Hard to follow at first, not a good movie...In parts B & W movie with subtitles.
I don't know how this film won any awards. It was slow, dull and ridiculously introspective. We changed over to another movie aftetr 20 minutes.
Beautifully filmed and acted arthouse piece, which I suspect wouldn't appeal to most folk (it has very little storyline and it's quite long). The expressive faces of the actors (esp the two men playing the main angelic characters ) are wonderful. If you struggle with subtitles - be warned - most of the script is in German. Not being fluent in the language and not being familiar with Berlin, perhaps I didn't pick up the more subtle nuances of the film. It's a beautiful meditative piece on the meaning of life, human existence and the history of the city - which at the time was divided by the Berlin Wall and haunted by a World War 2 past and Nazi ghosts. I enjoyed the extras - especially watching the deleted scenes narrated by the director Wim Wenders. I think it's worth seeing the American remake set in Los Angeles, City Of Angels, (starring Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan) incorporated the wonderful elements of the original. But it was a shame the romantic element in that one ended up being such stomach churning drivel! (PS if you are a die hard Nick Cave fan you would love a glimpse of your (anti)hero performing in a seedy Berlin bar in this movie)
Bit too arty for me. Always nice to see Berlin on film though.
An art house film’s film! Director Wim Wenders’ gentle and haunting melancholy leisurely meanders among Berlin’s inhabitants, young and old, before its wall was torn down. It’s life affirming, poetic, very cerebral, and often puzzling, alternating between dominant black and white (the angel’s world) and colour (the world of humans). If like me, you find the weight of allegory and symbolism overwhelms with difficult to interpret messages, you might want to ponder awhile about Wenders’ intent. Not suited to everyone’s tastes, nevertheless it’s a 5 star film whose enjoyment was moderated by my lack of comprehension. Therefore, I shall again select WOD in few months, and make another stab at understanding the film’s many nuances.
Beautifully peaceful. It was refreshing to see a film with such praise for life, a fleeting light of optimism within a world of emotion. I think many who haven't enjoyed this have done so because they expected a commentary on Christianity rather than what it presents, a meditation on a secular spirituality. More like a quivering sixth sense than God and his angels.
Long & slow. If that is a condemnation, do not bother. No one does movies about the lives of a poet. Wim Wenders does. Searingly beautiful. Thank you Quikflix; after twenty years, I got to reappraise this gem.
The single greatest movie ever made? Quite possibly.
Wim Wenders pulls an excellent performance out of lead Bruno Ganz as the angel who must chose between love & eternal life. Great cameo from Peter Falk. I've never seen City of Angels, but having watched this, the original version, I wouldn't bother with the remake.
Wings of Desire is one of my favourite movies - dealing with how people live lives straining for meaning and substance amongst the bland and isolated. Berlin plays as much a role as the actors...
A beautiful movie. Wim Wenders ode to humanity is a very special experience. Set in the divided city of Berlin before the fall of the wall, it depicts unseen angels watching over and comforting the citizens of the city. The wall that divides the city is a metaphor for the walls that separate people from each other in their search for happiness and a sense of belonging. One angel, Damiel, longs to live, breathe and feel as the people do, even although the humans he so envies are unhappy, desperate even to the point of taking their own life. When Damiel observes a beautiful trapeze artist he falls in love with her and decides to become human. The film transcends a simple description, it is so warm, gentle and life affirming. I recommend this movie to you.
A movie to be savoured like an old wine.
How can this be the inspiration for "City of Angels"? Ethereal and engaging, perhaps too self-consciously at times. I think an inspiration for a U2 film clip (Stay?). Even just to see Nick Cave in action was worth the viewing.
An attempt at coming to grips with the existential angst of being. Flawed ideology certainly but the weight of the story carry's one over the rough patches. Not sure if Peter Falk was supposed to be the devil or not? Interesting for what it attempted rather than what it achieves.
It's forever long, nothing happens but if you can get into it this is a gorgeous trip. I doubt you could make this film these days. Beautiful cine, performances, and let's face it Peter Falk is an asset to any movie.
I forced myself to watch 10 mins and 47 seconds of this movie and that was way too much to bare. It was slow, motionless, no story line to talk of and the fact it was in German or something was totally inappropriate for me. What seemed like a good movie in the write up was nothing more than words spoken in another language.