If I got rid of my demons, I’d lose my angels.”
In 1987, the world got to see Wings of Desire whose original title was Der Himmel über Berlin (‘The Heaven Over Berlin) by German director Win Wenders. According to Wenders, angels are not exactly “guardian” looking after human beings, well at least for those that believe in angels, but they are more like witnesses of God’s “excesses” since the beginning of times, so the role of angels is to see. They can remember everything like the melting of glaciers, standing near to a river in Berlin, they remember it was ages before the river took its bed.
For me, Wings of Desire is about love, the kind of love that only human’s beings can feel, love that can be reached only by touching, bleeding, sweating, smoking, drinking — I mean all those sinful sensations that are not allowed to angels, at least to Wender’s angels.
Damiel, one of the angels in the film, played by Swiss actor Bruno Ganz, intuitively discover that the love he feels for Marion — a trapeze artist interpreted by French actress Solveig Dommartin — is that kind of complex “human love”. Damiel, with a little help from Peter Folk, representing himself in the movie and a supposed former angel, decides to turn into a mortal to finally meet Marion and consume his love for her — those of a certain age will forever remember Folk as Lieutenant Columbo in the television series Columbo.
This image is a little tribute to Wings of Desire that I titled, why not? Wings of Love. My angel is not a male, but a female, perhaps a female version of Lucifer, the once favorite angel of God who fell from heaven to form her own “kingdom” of horror, according to Christianity. But, perhaps she’s not other but Amenadiel the most powerful and intelligent of the archangels … that’s your call. As Terry Pratchett put it in his book Hogfather “Humans need fantasy to be human”
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