Edit
Wings of Desire (1987) Poster

Trivia

Jump to: Director Cameo (1)
In the closing titles it says: "Dedicated to all the former angels, but especially to Yasujiro, François and Andrej." That refers to Yasujiro Ozu, François Truffaut and Andrej Tarkovsky.
All of the black & white sequences were shot through a one-of-a-kind filter made from a stocking that belonged to cinematographer Henri Alekan's grandmother.
Filming the actual Berlin Wall was prohibited, so a replica of the wall twice had to be built close to the original. The first fake wall warped in the rain because the contractor cheated the producers and built it from wood.
The scene where Otto Sander is shown riding a bus looking morose, with his head in his hands, was shot that way because the actor had developed a large bald spot on the day of shooting and makeup couldn't hide it.
During the scene in the Berlin Library, Damiel leans over a young man who reads: "Ha'Aretz haita tohu-va-vohu". This is the second verse of the book of Genesis in Biblical Hebrew, and basically means "the land was in chaos".
8 of 8 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
Wim Wenders originally wanted Peter Handke to collaborate on the script. Handke declined to work on the script as a whole but agreed to write a set number of important scenes which Wenders could then work around.
4 of 4 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
(at around 1 hr 29 mins) The graffiti behind the food cart (where Peter Falk greets the angel) reads "wer bunker baut wirft bomben" which translates to "who builds bunker throws bombs"
4 of 4 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
Circus Alekan is named after cinematographer Henri Alekan.
6 of 7 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
Several scenes of U2 music video Stay (Faraway, So Close!) are taken directly from Wenders' 1987 film Wings of Desire, which also served as the principal inspiration for the video's premise.
3 of 3 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
This movie was the basis for the American City of Angels (1998) movie with Meg Ryan and Nicolas Cage.
4 of 5 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
3 of 4 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
The photograph on the cover of the book that the old man opens in the library is "Young farmers" taken by August Sander.
2 of 3 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
(1:29:13) Graffiti behind the food cart (where Peter Falk greets the angel) reads "wer bunker baut wirft bomben" which translates to "who builds bunker throws bombs"
Is this interesting? Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
In Spain was only released in subtitled version. The re-release in 2016 was in 3 theaters: Madrid (Conde Duque, Verdi) and Barcelona (Verdi). The film was projected 1 day and also in subtitled version.
0 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink

Director Cameo 

Wim Wenders: a film-crew member in the scene where Otto Sander observes a movie set.
5 of 5 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink

See also

Goofs | Crazy Credits | Quotes | Alternate Versions | Connections | Soundtracks

Contribute to This Page