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Wings Of Desire / Der Himmel Uber Berlin

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  Wings Of Desire  / Der Himmel Uber Berlin Review
Tookey's Rating
4 /10
Average Rating
8.46 /10
Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin , Otto Sander
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Directed by: Wim Wenders
Written by: Wim Wenders, Peter Handke

Released: 1987
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: France/ West Germany
Colour: C
Length: 130

Two angels (Bruno Ganz, pictured, and Otto Sander) keep watch over Berlin and become involved in the lives of a poet (Curt Bois) , a film star (Peter Falk, playing himself) and a trapeze artist (Solveig Dommartin).
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Wenders's most celebrated film is memorable for Henri Alekan's beautiful cinematography, but for little else. As usual in this overrated writer-director's films, there are glaring weaknesses in casting and narrative. A potentially interesting story is sabotaged by the stolid, uncharismatic non-acting of Solveig Dommartin (who we are supposed to believe would convince Bruno Ganz that he should give up immortality) and a plot which asks us to swallow the notion that Peter Falk is a fallen angel. The film won Wenders the Best Director prize at Cannes, and spawned a belated and inferior sequel, Faraway So Close (1993). Remade, Hollywood-style, as City of Angels (1998).

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