Plaza Art House
Wings of Desire
Introduced by film scholar Gerald Peary
Sponsored by Viva Creative Group
1987 | Not Rated | Fantasy, Drama | d. Wim Wenders
Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin and Otto Sander
25th Anniversary /
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.
I never believed some some things could be art. Art hangs in a museum. I was convinced otherwise when I played Shadow of the Colossus with my hubby and now after seeing this movie. This inspired the god-awful American movie ‘City of Angels’, but obviously not enough to make it any good. The poetry in the final scene alone and her soliloquy about love between a man and a woman brought a smile to my face. It had this great humor to it and Peter Falk was wonderful.The references to writing your own story was inspirational. I loved the guest speaker from Chicago who met Wenders and said how she feels we are so lucky in El Paso to have a playhouse where we can watch these classics as they were meant to be seen. All of Chicago’s old theater palaces are gone. We are lucky indeed which is why I make it a point to attend this festival every year.
Great first day! Today’s movie is ‘The Love Parade‘