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Far Away, So Close [Import]
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on June 25, 2001
If you have NOT seen "Wings of Desire", you will not like this film, because its understanding draws from your experience of its predecessor. If you HAVE seen "Wings", you will not like this film, either. Because in "Wings" are poured all the film-maker's reflections on Life and its loneliness. No more original ideas are left to make its sequel a viable continuation. Perhaps that's why "Far away..." looks so tired, so exhausted of creative impulse, undecided between the tragic and the comical. The devices that are impressive in "Wings", such as the internal murmurs, the down-to-earth dialogue between angels and an "inspired" Peter Falk, don't work here with the same impact. Apparently Wenders attempted to make up for the lack of original ideas with a more story-like narrative, but that is a poor compensation. Telling an entertaining story with plot is never Wender's forte. I miss the haunting imagery and the sad timelessness of "Wings". Cannot wait to see it on DVD.
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on September 10, 2000
This is almost a great film: beautifully shot, the transfer to DVD should be remarkable. Unfortunately structurely the film falls apart about two thirds of the way through, leaving the viewer feeling slightly ripped off.
My main complaint - where & when is the DVD release of Wings Of Desire - far and away the superior of the two films (pun intended).
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on February 21, 2001
Most of the previous comments are appropriate. My question is: how on earth can anyone justify having this available in DVD format as opposed to the far superior Wings of Desire, which remains available only in VHS?
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on April 7, 2003
the dvd version lacks a scene! (as far as i notice) just before the end, when the circus people retake the ship.
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