If you have only seen the Hollywood adaptation of this, "City of Angels," you will have little idea of the magic in Wim Wenders's original. Almost by happenstance he created one of the truly great German films of the late 20th century. It is a whimsical romance, a philosophical dialogue, and a portrait of a great city -- Berlin in the years of the Wall. Peter Falk and Nick Cave put in appearances, adding their unique humor and music respectively, but the film belongs to the enchanting circus aerialist Solveig Dommartin, Bruno Ganz as the angel who watches over, then courts her, and the dozens of ordinary Berliners that Wenders observed in the course of the shooting.
The special features on this DVD really are special. Aside from the audio commentary track, there's an insightful documentary that provides crucial information about the chaotic yet fruitful creative process that Wenders used. It's amazing that the final product displays so much integrity. (This sense of unity may be due largely to the inspired choice of collaborators, which included the 80-year-old cinematographer who shot "Beauty and the Beast" for Cocteau years ago. The B&W footage is incredibly subtle and fluid.)
Highly recommended. Don't be put off by the first reel, which may seem stagy or overly verbal. Let the film, and the city, seduce you.