Episode #23: Wings of Desire (1987)

It’s been a minute but we’re back! With writer and Bright Wall OG (quite literally, as she wrote essay 1 for issue #1 nearly ten years ago) Karina Wolf to discuss Wim Wenders’s Wings of Desire, a film that bridges our past two issues “road movies” and “siblings” (trust us).

We get into the essential decency of Bruno Ganz, Peter Falk’s warmth, transformative romance, whether angels have grandmas, Henri Alekan’s dignifying vision, Wim Wenders’s lack of strategy, how particulars turn universal, and more.

Here is Karina’s terrific essay on Wings of Desire from 2018, and her wonderful piece on Wenders’ Until the End of the World (1991).

The Bright Wall/Dark Room Podcast is co-hosted by Veronica Fitzpatrick and Chad Perman and produced and edited by Eli Sands. Our theme music is composed by Chad.

This episode is sponsored by Galerie, a new kind of film club. Bright Wall/Dark Room readers & listeners can sign up now for early access before its public launch at https://join.galerie.com/bwdr.

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Thanks for listening; we missed you, too.



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