Wenders, Wim - Wings of Desire
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
A View from Outside: An Interview with Wim Wenders - By Spencer Lewerenz
Wings of Desire paints such a beautiful portrait of the invisible, spiritual dimension of life. I'm sure there are many people who saw that movie who said to themselves, "I'd like to believe that." You've said that at the time you made the film, you intended for the spiritual world to be a metaphor for life. But that world is such an attractive one, I can't help but suspect that you fell in love with it a little bit. Was this the case?
Sure. That film, believe it or not, was made without a real script. It was written on a day-to-day basis. But the plan was, vaguely, to dedicate half of the film to my two angels' "angelic life" and the second half to their adventures as new-born people, But I spent my entire schedule and almost all the money on that first half, because it was so endlessly fascinating and attractive. We just couldn't stop exploring their invisibility, their goodness, their capacity to watch people unobserved and to even listen to their thoughts. That was a sheer endless pleasure. So we finally just had one short week left to dedicate to the "human life."
From Spirituality and cinema: 19 maggio 2017 - Sergio Perugini (*)
Cinema has the power of enabling us to see the world in a different way, to make us realize that a glance of tenderness, “a loving look”, is possible.
This is true especially for “Wings of Desire.” In fact, not only did it enable us to grasp the fragments of the invisible realm, the celestial world. Thus with the privilege of hindsight it appeared that the angels that I sought and evoked in the film had imparted to me a great lesson on sight; as if the angels had revealed to me that it was totally appropriate to express “my personal and artistic approach to spirituality” – as you described it – in my work. And what a great difference did it make!