Der Himmel über Berlin - Wings of Desire

"I can't see ya, but I know you're here. I can feel it." Peter Falk

"I can't see ya, but I know you're here. I can feel it." Peter Falk


☆ Masterpiece 

Der Himmel über Berlin - Wings of Desire (1987) a sublime, romantic walk through life from the perspective of angels.

Directed by Wim Wenders.

Starring Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin, Otto Sander and Peter Falk.

A film that dazzles without a plot. Wenders collaborated with the legendary cinematographer Henri Alekan to create a film that captivates viewers by giving us an angels perspective as witnesses to God's magnificent creation. The film then turns against its voyeuristic through line when Bruno's angel jumps into humanity, because he wants to feel instead of just being a witness to life. The films themes are layered and their complexity is simplified by the visual artistry created by Henri's camera virtuosity.

In the scene below Wenders dazzles with the beauty of keeping the scene simple. Bruno's angel is there to comfort an injured human until another person can come to his aid. Watch how Bruno lightly touches the human as he is about to leave after help has arrived. Ganz's touch conveys hope and understanding at humanities plight.



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Trivia - The filter used for the B&W scenes was made from cinematographer Henri Alekan's grandmothers stocking.



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