Wednesday, April 8, 2009

the wednesday movie review: Der Himmel über Berlin (aka Wings of Desire)

when i first got to know that city of angels was a remake of wings of desire i felt a little cheated..i had to watch the original because i loved the remake version (i still do)..but to be honest with a fear similar to that of, i would loose my old love..well everything turned out perfect in the end. no love lost..but a new love found.



its about angels in berlin..and about humans..their guilt, lost love, passion, ennui, the struggle that surrounds them and consumes their thoughts. its about the celebration of human life..we see angels observing the life of humans..and as a result we see ourselves.
it filled me with sadness and happiness at every moment...every scene..every character..every sound..the black & white texture to the film is warm..(i just read they used a special filter for the black & white scenes which was originally devised for jean cocteau's beauty and the beast)


i'll end with a translation of a few lines from the movie..the movie begins with these lines..

When the child was a child,
it walked with its arms swinging.

lt wanted the stream to be a river,
the river a torrent...
and this puddle to be the sea.

When the child was a child,
it didn't know it was a child.

Everything was full of life,
and all life was one.

When the child was a child,
it had no opinion about anything.
lt had no habits.

lt often sat cross-legged,
took off running...
had a cowlick in its hair,
and didn't pull a face...
when photographed.
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