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Uploaded on Jan 1, 2009
'Wings of Desire' was the English title given to Wenders' 'Der Himmel über Berlin' (The Sky Over Berlin). Wenders' post-war Berlin is watched over by angels, invisible to all but children, who try to bring comfort to the city's inhabitants. One of the angels, Daniel, falls in love with a trapeze artist (Marian) and longs to become mortal. American actor Peter Falk, better known as 'Columbo' assists by explaining the joys of being human. Shot in black and white, the film changes to colour when the transformation is complete. The film was later remade by Hollywood as 'City of Angels' starring Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan, but the original is far superior.