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Yet Another Sublime Cinematic Moment: Wings of Desire

June 8, 2007


This moment, from Wings of Desire (1987) is one of those sublime moments in cinema when direction, performance, music and craft come together to create a moment that stands out in cinematic history. That’s true of Wim Wenders’ film, let alone this moment featuring Crime and the City Solution.

It should be noted that the smiling figure of a man watching our dancing star, and the man on the stage watching him, are angels unseen to everyone in the club.

A small streaming video from YouTube doesn’t do this scene or this movie any justice. Unfortunately, whoever posted this scene, chose to let it run longer than the specific nightclub scene. It’s still worth watching of course, but I’d have cut it at the beginning and end of the song.

My hope is that if you’ve seen it, you’ll have a pleasant memory, and if you haven’t seen it, it’s inspiration to catch a sublime film. And for millions of Wings of Desire fans, there is just no City of Angels.


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6 Comments leave one →
  1. D. Peace permalink
    June 8, 2007 4:41 am

    I’ve never seen the movie, but that is definitely a cool, stylish clip.

    I’ll check it out sometime.

  2. June 8, 2007 4:43 am

    Do! It is a truly beautiful film.

    Thanks for stopping by and sharing.


  3. June 8, 2007 11:18 am

    I’m stunned every time I see this film. When I think of all the mawkish crap on film and Tv emplying angels, I want to run to my closest Hallmark store and run amok. But Wenders uses them in WINGS OF DESIRE in a matchless celebration of the small and large moments that go into being a human being, and the result is breathtakingly romantic and beautiful. All that and Peter Falk let loose to be Peter Falk. Wunderbar!

  4. June 8, 2007 12:04 pm

    Burt Kempner! How the heck are ya?! Haven’t heard from you in a while. . .

    Yes indeed you are right. It is a rare and beautiful peace of work, and this particular moment for me, is one of the most erotic of all moments in cinema.

    The first time I saw this I had SUCH a crush on Solveig Dommartin! Had? Who am I kidding. And when she walks into the bar at the end of the movie, in glorious red. . . And they have their moment? Wow!

    So glad to hear from you, Burt. Don’t be a stranger!

  5. June 12, 2007 7:23 pm

    …i think i let the “dream” scene just for the sake she (in the end) could feel presence of the angel….

  6. June 12, 2007 7:34 pm

    Ah, very good.

    Well thanks for posting it, and thanks for stopping by!


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