Wings of Desire 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… Wings of Desire 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…
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Wings of Desire (2003)

Bruno Ganz, Wings of Desire | 'WINGS' OF LOVE ''Desire'''s guardian angel longs for earthly pleasures
Image credit: Wings of Desire: Everett Collection
'WINGS' OF LOVE ''Desire'''s guardian angel longs for earthly pleasures
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Details Release Date: Jul 01, 2003; DVD Release Date: Jul 01, 2003; Movie Rated: PG-13; Genres: Comedy, Drama; With: Bruno Ganz and Otto Sander

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.''

Originally posted Jun 27, 2003 Published in issue #716-717 Jun 27, 2003 Order article reprints