Assignment 29655

1. Berlin is a city divided in two, in a country divided in two (from 1961 to 1989). This film reiterates this idea over and over by showing several examples of binary opposition, like angels/humans, black and white/color:
can you please give at least 2 more examples of that?
2. Just like in Tokyo Ueno Park, we hear the thoughts of the people who live in the city. What
do Berliners think about?
3. How is Marion presented as (almost) a hybrid between men and angels? More specifically,
what quality makes her special?
4. Homer, an old man, wanders the city in search of peace and of Potsdamer Platz, which he
seems unable to find. Of course the square has not moved, nor is this a case of dementia.
Rather, it is a very symbolic moment: how so?
5. Damiel e Cassiel hang out on top of the StaatsBibliothek, the public library.
Why is this choice of building meaningful, in your opinion?
6. As in several of the stories we read, here too suicide plays a prominent role in a
storyline. Do the angels have the power to change people’s minds about similar choices or are
they are impotent?
7. The original title of the film is Der Himmel über Berlin (The Sky Over Berlin). The director,
Wim Wenders, said that since Berlin was a divided city, the sky was the only undivided space
both sides shared. Why do you think the American distributors changed such a meaningful
title to “Wings of Desire,” which is very generic? (Your opinion, please!)