Wings of Desire (1987)

Soundtrack Contribution/Collaboration: Nick Cave (with The Bad Seeds)

Wings of Desire (1987)

Two songs by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds feature in Wim Wenders' 1987 film Wings of Desire, The Carny and From Her To Eternity. The band also make a cameo appearance in the film. Originally titled Der Himmel über Berlin, the film is set in West Berlin in the late 1980s, toward the end of the Cold War, it follows two angels, Damiel (Bruno Ganz) and Cassiel (Otto Sander), as they roam the city, unseen and unheard by the people, observing and listening to the diverse thoughts of Berliners.

The sky over Wenders' war-scarred Berlin is full of gentle, trenchcoated angels who listen to the tortured thoughts of mortals and try to comfort them. One, Damiel (Bruno Ganz), wishes to become mortal after falling in love with a beautiful trapeze artist, Marion (Solveig Dommartin). Peter Falk, as himself, assists in the transformation by explaining the simple joys of a human experience, such as the sublime combination of coffee and cigarettes.

Told from the angel's point of view, the film is shot in black and white, blossoming into colour only when the angels perceive the realities of humankind. Ultimately, Damiel determines that he must experience humanity in full, and breaks through in to the real world to pursue a life with Marion.

A hugely acclaimed and multi-award winning movie including Best Director for Wenders at Cannes 1987; which was re-made in 1998 into City of Angels starring Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan.

For more information on the film, visit Wim Wenders' official web site:


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