Detroit Film Theatre


Saturday, April 16, 2011

4:00 PM

(Germany/1987—directed by Wim Wenders)

Bruno Ganz is Damiel, an angel perched atop buildings high over Berlin who can hear the thoughts—fears, hopes, dreams—of all the people living below. But when he falls in love with a beautiful trapeze artist (Solveig Dommartin), he is willing to give up his immortality and come back to earth to be with her – and also to experience the sensations that humans can feel, even one as seemingly simple as the taste of coffee. Made not long before the fall of the Berlin wall, this stunning tapestry of sounds and images, shot in shimmering black and white and color by the legendary Henri Alekan (Beauty and the Beast), is cinematic poetry of the highest order, and one of cinema’s loveliest city symphonies. Also starring Peter Falk. In English, French and German with English subtitles. (127 min.)

“One of Wenders’ most stunning achievements.” Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

Admission to all films in the DFT 101 series is free to DIA members or with paid Museum admission. A special $5 matinee price applies to all others.