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Wings of Desire

Wim Wenders

 
Wings of Desire (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • Germany
  • 1987
  • 127 minutes
  • Color, Black and White
  • 1.66:1
  • German, English, French
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  • Spine #490

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.

Cast

Credits

DirectorWim Wenders
Written byWim Wenders
together withPeter Handke
Director of photographyHenri Alekan
Executive producerIngrid Windisch
MusicJürgen Knieper
EditingPeter Przygodda
Assistant directorClaire Denis
Art directorHeidi Lüdi

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Wim Wenders, with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary featuring Wenders and actor Peter Falk
  • The Angels Among Us (2003), a documentary featuring interviews with Wenders, Falk, actors Bruno Ganz and Otto Sander, writer Peter Handke, and composer Jürgen Knieper
  • “Wim Wenders Berlin Jan. 87,” an episode of the French television program Cinéma cinémas, including on-set footage
  • Interview with director of photography Henri Alekan
  • Deleted scenes and outtakes
  • Excerpts from the films Alekan la lumière (1985) and Remembrance: Film for Curt Bois (1982)
  • Notes and photos by art directors Heidi Lüdi and Toni Lüdi
  • Trailers
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Michael Atkinson and writings by Handke and Wenders

    New cover by Michael Boland

Film Essays

Wings of Desire: Watch the Skies

By Michael Atkinson November 03, 2009

If ever there was a European art film that could be all things to all people, it’s Wim Wenders’s Wings of Desire (1987). Marking Wenders’s career midpoint like a lightning strike cutting across . . . Read more »

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News

Three Go 3-D

April 19, 2010

Post-Avatar, it seems some of our favorite filmmakers have caught3-D fever. Just in the past week, it’s been confirmed that Martin Scorsese, Wim Wenders, and Werner Herzog will soon be getting . . . Read more »


Press Notes

Press Notes: Wings of Desire

November 16, 2009

Interview magazine’s Darrell Hartman is just one of many critics heralding the release of Wings of Desire in Criterion Blu-ray and DVD special editions: “Rilke-inspired interior monologues; . . . Read more »


Features

On Wings of Desire

By Wim Wenders November 09, 2009

The following essay originally appeared in The Logic of Images, a collection of Wim Wenders’s writing that was published in 1992. In the last few years, since Paris, Texas, Berlin has been the . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Wings of Desire: Watch the Skies

By Michael Atkinson November 03, 2009

If ever there was a European art film that could be all things to all people, it’s Wim Wenders’s Wings of Desire (1987). Marking Wenders’s career midpoint like a lightning strike cutting across . . . Read more »


Features

An Attempted Description of an Indescribable Film

By Wim Wenders November 02, 2009

The following, written in 1986, is from the first treatment for Wings of Desire. And we, spectators always, everywhere, looking at, never out of, everything! —Rilke, “The Eighth Elegy” At first . . . Read more »


Clippings

Waiting in the Wings

October 14, 2009

Seekers of Criterion behind-the-scenes tidbits, take note! Our own Susan Arosteguy speaks with the travel and culture website Museyon Guides in a two-part interview about our upcoming special . . . Read more »