Wings of Desire: Everett Collection
Mike Flaherty
July 01, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Wings of Desire

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
128 minutes
performer
Bruno Ganz, Otto Sander, Peter Falk
director
Wim Wenders
author
Peter Handke, Wim Wenders
genre
Drama, Comedy

We gave it an A

Bruno Ganz shines in Wings of Desire, Wim Wenders’ dreamy art-house smash (later remade as ”City of Angels”), as a guardian angel who yearns for an earthly existence, while costar Peter Falk notches his most sublime post-”Columbo” role playing…himself. Shot mostly in beautiful black and white, ”Wings” is a romance, fairy tale, and existential rumination as well as a love letter to Cold War Berlin: The timeless story remains a gorgeous freeze-frame of bygone life in the funkily decrepit German metropolis. EXTRAS Falk and (mostly) Wenders’ commentary provides affectionate insight into the film’s remarkably slapdash production, while Ganz, costar Otto Sander, and cowriter Peter Handke contribute lily-gilding observations in the 43-minute featurette ”Angels Among Us.”

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