WINGS OF DESIRE

Film Forum, December 6th.  

December 6, 2018

(1987) Angels Bruno Ganz (Downfall’s Hitler – subject of countless YouTube parodies) and Otto Sander can see (in sepia-tinted b&w) but not be seen by the Berliners who intrigue them – who themselves see in full color. But what is it about that trapeze artist Solveig Dommartin? Ganz eventually learns the combined delight of cigarettes and coffee from Peter Falk (playing himself; passerby shouts out, “Hey Columbo!”) in Wenders’ wistful, bittersweet fantasy, originally titled Der Himmel über Berlin, literally “The Heavens Over Berlin.” DCP restoration. Approx. 130 min.

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