Wim Wenders

Wings of Desire

Wings of Desire

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.

Film Info

  • Wim Wenders
  • Germany
  • 1987
  • 127 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • German, English, French
  • Spine #490

Director-Approved Special Edition Features

  • 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
  • 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

Purchase Options

Special Features

  • 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
  • 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

Wings of Desire
Cast
Bruno Ganz
Damiel
Solveig Dommartin
Marion
Otto Sander
Cassiel
Curt Bois
Homer
Peter Falk
As himself
Credits
Director
Wim Wenders
Written by
Wim Wenders
together with
Peter Handke
Director of photography
Henri Alekan
Executive producer
Ingrid Windisch
Music
Jürgen Knieper
Editing
Peter Przygodda
Assistant director
Claire Denis
Art director
Heidi Lüdi

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