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Wings of Desire

'The first time I saw the film I thought it was a knockout; on second viewing it already seemed a classic,' wrote J. Hoberman of Wim Wenders' re-examination of the divided Berlin. Damiel, played by Bruno Ganz, is an angel who has grown frustrated with his inability to affect people's lives. When he falls in love with a beautiful trapeze artist, he decides to leave the heavens and enter the mortal world. With incredible cinematography by Henri Alekan, this is 'one of the rare movies of the past decade that actually stretch, break and re-form the boundaries of the medium' (David Denby, New York Magazine). Followed by 'Faraway, So Close'.

Year: 1987
Genre: Alice's 300 Greatest Films, German Cinema, Fantasy Films, Film Festivals 1988, Best of the 1980s, Amy's Favourites, Spiritual Cinema, Time Mag's 100 Best, Alice Members' Top 100, Movies (1001 You Must See Before You Die)
Country: France, Germany
Director: Wim Wenders
Starring: Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin, Otto Sander, Peter Falk, Curt Bois
Duration: 122 Minutes
Rating: PG - Contains coarse language.
Subtitles: Yes
8.1/10
Location in store: Alice's 300 Greatest Films

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