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Wings of Desire (1987)

Wings of Desire
7 PM

Event Details

Date & Time:

Thu February 21, 2019
7 PM


The Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208


Open to the public


Thursday, February 21, 2019 7:00 PM FREE
(Wim Wenders, 1987, Germany, DCP, 130 min.)

In German with English subtitles

In Wim Wenders's iconic Berlin film Wings of Desire, two invisible angels (played by Bruno Ganz and Otto Sander) watch and listen in on the city's diverse population. Wandering through the city, they encounter many different people and their intimate thoughts and feelings. Wings of Desire is an audio-visual tour de force of immense poetic power, with the ever-present Berlin Wall as an icon of grief. Often been read as an allegorical precursor to Berlin's reunification a few years later, the film figures the desire for human connection in a city of architectural and psychological isolation.

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