Wings of Desire

Wings of Desire

Directed by Wim Wenders • 1987 • Germany, France

Wings of Desire is one of cinema's loveliest city symphonies. Bruno Ganz is Damiel, an angel perched atop buildings high over Berlin who can hear the thoughts, fears, hopes, dreams, of all the people living below. But when he falls in love with a beautiful trapeze artist, he is willing to give up his immortality and come back to earth to be with her. Made not long before the fall of the Berlin wall, this stunning tapestry of sounds and images, shot in black and white and color by the legendary Henri Alekan, is movie poetry. And it forever made the name Wim Wenders synonymous with film art.

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Wings of Desire
  • Wings of Desire

    Directed by Wim Wenders • 1987 • Germany, France

    Wings of Desire is one of cinema's loveliest city symphonies. Bruno Ganz is Damiel, an angel perched atop buildings high over Berlin who can hear the thoughts, fears, hopes, dreams, of all the people living below. But when he falls in love with ...

Extras

  • WINGS OF DESIRE Commentary

    This commentary features director Wim Wenders and star Peter Falk. It was edited in 2009 by independent DVD producer Mark Rance from over six hours of interviews he conducted in August and September 1996 and March 1997.

  • The Angels Among Us

    The following documentary from 2003 includes interviews with WINGS OF DESIRE director Wim Wenders; writer Peter Handke; actors Peter Falk, Bruno Ganz, and Otto Sander; Brad Silberling, director of CITY OF ANGELS; and composer Jürgen Knieper.

  • “Cinéma cinémas”: Wim Wenders, 1987

    This excerpt is from “Wim Wenders Berlin Jan. 87,” an episode of the French television program “Cinéma cinémas.” It was directed by Claude Ventura and first broadcast February 17, 1987.

  • Alekan ’85

    The following excerpted conversations with Henri Alekan—shot by filmmaker André Bonzel in November 1985, when he was a student at the Belgian film school INSAS—are from an unfinished documentary about the legendary cinematographer.

  • Deleted Scenes

    The nine deleted scenes presented here are accompanied by audio commentary by director Wim Wenders; the original film audio is not available.

  • Outtakes

    The outtakes presented here are accompanied by music; the original film audio is not available.

  • Alekan la Lumière

    In these excerpts from the 1985 documentary ALEKAN LA LUMIÈRE, legendary director of photography Henri Alekan discusses his cinematographic techniques with director Wim Wenders. The documentary first aired on French television on August 4, 1988, and was directed by Michel Dumoulin.

  • Remembrance

    The following are excerpts from a 1982 film directed by Bruno Ganz and Otto Sander about actor Curt Bois, who plays Homer in WINGS OF DESIRE.

  • Wim Wenders Retrospective Trailer