Der Himmel uber Berlin / Wings of Desire (1987) 2 x DVD9 Criterion Collection
Damiel (Bruno Ganz) and Cassiel (Otto Sander) are two angels who have spent an eternity watching over the affairs of men and women. Their job is to observe, collect, preserve, and testify. No one can see them — except children — as they move through the apartments, streets, and subways of modern-day Berlin.

Damiel and Cassiel eavesdrop on the thoughts, dreams, fears, and fantasies of a wide assortment of Berlin's citizens — parents who are baffled by their children's behavior, a pregnant woman, an injured man, a fellow contemplating suicide. Cassiel is content to just observe. He takes a special interest in Homer (Curt Bois), an old man who wants to speak out about the city's terrible past.

Damiel is different. The more he comes into close contact with the human adventure, the more he yearns to savor the palpable pleasures of a worldly existence. Even something as simple as having a warm cup of coffee to hold appeals to him. This desire reaches its climax when he falls in love with Marion (Solveig Dommartin), a beautiful trapeze artist in a traveling circus. Then Peter Falk, an American actor who is in Berlin shooting a movie about the Nazis, senses Damiel's presence and talks to him about what it is like to be human. The angel decides that he is ready to take a leap of faith and shed his wings. This classic film celebrates the sensuous earthly delights of life and love with sympathy and sensitivity.

2 x DVD9 | NTSC | 02:07:39 | 7.63 Gb + 7.73 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Deutsch
Subtitles: English
Genre: Fantasy, Drama, Romance

Director: Wim Wenders
Actors: Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin, Otto Sander, Curt Bois, Peter Falk, Hans Martin Stier
Country: West Germany, France

Edition Details:
• New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Wim Wenders
• Audio commentary featuring Wenders and actor Peter Falk
• The Angels Among Us (2003), a documentary featuring interviews with Wenders, Falk, actors Bruno Ganz and Otto Sander, writer Peter Handke, and composer Jurgen Knieper
• “Wim Wenders Berlin Jan. 87,” an episode of the French television program Cinema cinemas, including on-set footage
• Interview with director of photography Henri Alekan
• Deleted scenes and outtakes
• Excerpts from the films Alekan la lumiere (1985) and Remembrance: Film for Curt Bois (1982)
• Notes and photos by art directors Heidi Ludi and Toni Ludi
• Trailers
• New and improved English subtitle translation

Related posts:

  1. 49th Parallel / The Forty-Ninth Parallel / The Invaders (1941) 2 x DVD9 The Criterion Collection
  2. Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980) 7 x DVD9 Criterion Collection
  3. Wings (1927) DVD9 Restored Edition
  4. On Wings of Eagles (1986) 2 x DVD5
  5. Der amerikanische Freund / The American Friend (1977) 2 x DVD and Blu-Ray Criterion Collection