Yes, summer draws to a close and fall is upon us. As the chill in the air begins in the mornings, we are reminded how warm and comfortable it can be to snuggle down somewhere and watch a good film. This Friday, September 5, 2008, we are privileged to screen one of the most beloved of fantasy and metaphysical films: WINGS OF DESIRE (1987). It is directed by Wim Wenders, who came to the world’s attention when he directed Bruno Ganz and Dennis Hopper in THE AMERICAN FRIEND (1977). He is quite a film historian and his documentary on Nicholas Ray, LIGHTNING OVER WATER (1980) is excellent. He has directed a number of movies in America, his biggest early success was PARIS, TEXAS (1984), on which he collaborated with playwright/actor Sam Shepard. They also worked together recently on the fine film, DON’T COME KNOCKING (2005). For those of you viewing DER HIMMEL UBER BERLIN (1987) for the first time, be sure and screen its sequel, FARAWAY, SO CLOSE (1993), for “the rest of the story”. In 1988, Wim Wenders won Best Director honors at Cannes for WINGS OF DESIRE. He donated his $5,000 cash prize to director Atom Egoyan in support of Canadian cinema. Roger Ebert wrote, “The film evokes a mood of reverie, elegy, and meditation. It suggests what it would be like to see everything, but not participate in it.” That’s kind of how I feel philosophically about dolphins, which are reputed to have the intelligence of man, but have no means to change or affect their environment. They are the watchers.
WINGS OF DESIRE, aka DER HIMMEL UBER BERLIN (1987) Directed by Wim Wenders @ 127 minutes. Written by Peter Handke. The film stars Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin, Otto Sander, and Peter Falk. Angels watch over the populous of Berlin, seeing the world in black and white. One of them, Damiel, falls in love with a beautiful trapeze artist, and longs for mortality—wants to flood his new senses with divers colors and emotion. His wish is granted, and he soon discovers that his humanity is also drenched in elegant melancholy. Tagline, “There are angels on the streets of Berlin.”
Most of you know the drill now. Join us at the Center for Spiritual Living, located in Tacoma at 206 North J Street. Roger and Farishta will prepare soup and more in the kitchen. So join us early for food and fellowship. Roger starts serving at 6:15pm. For those who wish, bring wine or desserts or other goodies for all to share. There will be a short film shown promptly at 7pm, and WINGS OF DESIRE will screen immediately after that. It runs a little over two hours, so we should be finished by 9:30pm. Anyone interested in staying after to discuss the film is welcome to do so. See you at the movies!