'Wings of Desire'
“Wings of Desire” was filmed in West Berlin in 1987, two years before the fall of the wall. Though in many ways it is a time capsule of a divided city, the iconic images and poetry evoked by writer and director Wim Wenders can still be seen and felt.
It tells the story of Damiel, an angel who falls in love with a trapeze artist and longs to become human. When seen from the point of view of angels, the movie is shot in black and white. When Damiel transitions to a mortal life, his world — and the film — changes to color.
Walking through the city today, one can re-create many scenes from the movie: view the gold-winged Roman goddess atop the Victory Column, spot the tall Fernsehturm (TV tower), order currywurst from a food truck, ride the U-Bahn trains, touch graffiti-covered standing portions of the wall, stroll streets crowded with cafes and people, and cross iron bridges spanning rivers and canals. Yet the connection between film and city is less about physical sights and more about questions of history, time, love, memory, and a longing for connection. --Necee Regis