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For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

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The 1980s on the cusp of change: Wings of Desire

Sunday 1 June,
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
Tickets £3
Members/Concessions £2

Phone +44 (0)20 7323 8181
Ticket Desk in Great Court

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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

Age: P

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