18 April: Wings of Desire

7.30pm Wednesday 18 April 2012
Amersham Arms, 388 New Cross Road, London SE14 6TY
Tickets £3 on the door

Wim Wenders | West Germany, France 1987 | 127 minutes | English and German with subtitles

Part two of our Wim Wenders season.

Filmed in West Berlin two years before the fall of the Berlin Wall, Wings of Desire follows two angels, Damiel and Cassiel, as they roam the city, unseen and unheard by its human inhabitants, observing and listening to the diverse thoughts of Berliners: a pregnant woman in an ambulance on the way to the hospital, a painter struggling to find inspiration, a broken man who thinks his girlfriend no longer loves him.

When one of the angels falls in love with a beautiful trapeze artist, he must make the choice whether to remain aloof or become human and experience love and sensory pleasure.

REVIEWS

“Few films are so rich, so intriguing, or so ambitious.” TIME OUT

“One of the seminal foreign imports of the 1980s, Germany’s Wings of Desire is one of those rare motion pictures that manages to bring a true poetic sensibility to the medium of film” CREATIVE LOAFING

“The film is like music or a landscape: It clears a space in my mind, and in that space I can consider questions. Some of them are asked in the film: Why am I me and why not you? Why am I here and why not there? When did time begin and where does space end?” ROGER EBERT

ESSAYS

  • Wim Wenders on Wings of Desire
    “One evening I got Peter Falk on the telephone and told him this bewildering story of guardian angels, circuses, a trapeze artiste, and an American actor who charms his former colleagues. There was a pause, and then he asked me if I could send him a script.”
  • ‘Wings of Desire: Watch the Skies’ by Michael Atkinson
    “It’s not a pedagogical work but a poetic one, filthy with Keats’s ‘negative capability.'”
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