“I always felt throughout the making of WINGS OF DESIRE that the city of Berlin was carrying the film, the city had sort of co-invented the story…
“Then, of course, two years later it became a whole different city… I realized I had just caught it in the nick of time, that strange, legendary island of a city that had made Berlin unique for thirty years.” — Wim Wenders
A new 4K restoration of WINGS OF DESIRE—the 1987 masterpiece written by Wenders and Peter Handke, directed by Wenders, and starring Bruno Ganz—will play this week at the Aero, presented by the American Cinematheque, with an encore at the Egyptian in March.
The film was a late-80s phenomenon, attended multiple times by artists, writers, students, and film buffs during its extended runs in large cities and university towns across the country.
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From top: Bruno Ganz in Wings of Desire; Solveig Dommartin; Ganz; Crime & the City Solution perform “Six Bells Chime”; Peter Falk. Images courtesy Wim Wenders Stiftung.