The 1980s on the cusp of change: Wings of Desire
Sunday 1 June 2014,
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Part of a film season exploring life in post-war Germany to accompany the exhibition Germany divided: Baselitz and his generation. Curated and introduced by Ian Christie, Professor of Film and Media History at Birkbeck College.
Angels look down from Berlin's Victory Column on a still-divided city and engage with some of its inhabitants, including a visiting film crew and a failing circus.
What would becoming mortal mean, one of them wonders, after falling in love with a trapeze artist. This poetic fable, scripted by Peter Handke, has taken on even greater resonance after the breaching of the Wall just two years later transformed the city.
Director: Wim Wenders
West Germany, 1987, 128 mins, Cert. PG
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