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Matt Hough

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Wim Wenders’ haunting, evocative, poignant, and soulful Wings of Desire is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, one of those films that stays with you long after you’ve watched its last frame.



Wings of Desire (1987)



Released: 06 May 1988
Rated: PG-13
Runtime: 128 min




Director: Wim Wenders
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance



Cast: Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin, Otto Sander
Writer(s): Wim Wenders, Peter Handke, Richard Reitinger



Plot: An angel tires of his purely ethereal life of merely overseeing the human activity of Berlin's residents, and longs for the tangible joys of physical existence when he falls in love with a mortal.



IMDB rating: 8.0
MetaScore: 79





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Studio: Criterion
Distributed By: N/A...

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jayembee

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Good review, Matt. I especially liked the comment, "With minimal angelic dialog and using more body language and facial expressions than words to evoke an emotional response in the viewer, Bruno Ganz and especially Otto Sander give superb performances." Otto Sander has one of the most expressive faces I've ever seen, even moreso in this film's sequel, In weiter Ferne, so nah! [Faraway, So Close!], in which Cassiel takes his turn in the lead.

I'm assuming that Criterion used the same master that Curzon used for the British release (which I have) but I'll be interested if anyone has compared the two. I'll have to compare the extras to see if it's worth picking up the Criterion as well.
 
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Noel Aguirre

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I like that some of these art house films aren’t adding HDR to their 4K releases to maintain an accurate look as to what it looked like when released. The Apartment is another example. Sometimes I wish I could simply turn HDR off like you could with Dolby in the old audio cassette days.
Another great review Matt!
 

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