A Pocketful of Poesy) suggested it to me last week, and I immediately added Wim Wender's Wings of Desire, (Der Himmel über Berlin),1987, to my Netflix queue. When the opening credits stated it was part of The Criterion Collection, I knew I was in for a special treat, although I wondered how anything made in the 80s could be part of this prestigious group of films.
After seeing this phenomenal piece, you will realize the shallowness of Hollywood's cheesy Meg Ryan/Nicholas Cage remake, City of Angels. Yes, it's the romance of an angel-turned mortal, but so much more. It's a beautiful epic, like one continuous piece of poetry, paired with fabulous imagery and an evocative musical score. Filmed in lucent, luscious, silvery grayscale, peppered with bits of random color, this is a masterpiece thanks to the brilliant work of the legendary French cinematographer, Henri Alekan. It truly is a look at Berlin through the eyes of an angel. Take my word for it, this is a film well worth owning, since like any great piece of art, it can be watched again and again. I'm adding it to my Christmas wish list. Oh, and by the way, please feel free to toss your copy of City of Angels.