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Faraway, So Close!
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Faraway, So Close!

Director: Wim Wenders

Cast: Otto Sander, Peter Falk, Nastassja Kinski

 
Wim Wenders' follow-up to his classic Wings of Desire, Faraway, So Close comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.78:1. French and German soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include

Overview

Wim Wenders' follow-up to his classic Wings of Desire, Faraway, So Close comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.78:1. French and German soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include an audio commentary by the director, production notes, and theatrical trailers. Although this film does not have the reputation of its predecessor, this disc is superb and will please fans of the film as well as the uninitiated.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
German director Wim Wenders provides another breathtaking angel's-eye view of Berlin in Faraway, So Close, the offbeat follow up to Wings of Desire. The film revisits all the main characters from Wings: Damiel (Bruno Ganz), now a former angel married to trapezist Marion (Solveig Dommartin), and Cassiel (Otto Sander), who remained an angel at the end of the first film but takes the plunge into human life here. Peter Falk also reprises his unusual cameo role. Newly added to the mix are Nastassja Kinski as another visiting angel and Willem Dafoe as an enigmatic figure who moves freely between angelic and human existence. The Berlin Wall came down between the making of the two films, and the tone of Faraway, So Close reflects that change. The film is lighter and more buoyant than its predecessor, and its plot is more conventional. This time out, the remarkable soundtrack includes music by Laurent Petitgand and Graeme Revell, as well as songs by Nick Cave and Lou Reed. Faraway is one sequel that's definitely no rehash; it offers instead a surprising new perspective on Wenders's earlier vision.
All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
The lyrical romance Wings of Desire gets a lighter, less developed sequel in Faraway, So Closefrom director Wim Wenders. As the first film was centered on the angel Damiel (Bruno Ganz) becoming human to be with his love, circus performer Marion(Solveig Dommartin), this story revolves around the less intriguing story of Cassiel (Otto Sander), who questions his angel. The pain of observing humanity without interfering is explored as Cassielcrosses over in an attempt to right some of the wrongs he has witnessed. Wenders works in both color and black-and-white to switch between the angelic and mortal worlds, and he has the newly unified Berlin to wander around in. However, the story wanders around a bit too much when Emit Flesti (Willem Dafoe) arrives to make all sorts of trouble for the newly mortalCassiel. The involvement with gangsters and weapons dealers leads the story into several different directions, making for an overabundance of subplots. Random characters get the tale off track, especially the old chauffer, played by Heinz Ruhmann. Though overlong and meandering, Faraway, So Close offers some worthy spontaneous philosophical moments.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/12/2000
UPC:
0043396799691
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
2:26:00

Special Features

Digitally remastered audio and anamorphic video; Audio: original German 2-channel [Dolby Surround]; Additional audio: French; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish & Portuguese; Director Wim Wenders' audio commentary; Theatrical trailers; Production notes; Scene selections; Interactive menus

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Otto Sander Cassiel
Peter Falk Himself
Nastassja Kinski Raphaela
Heinz Rühmann Chauffeur Konrad
Bruno Ganz Damiel
Solveig Dommartin Marion
Lou Reed Himself
Willem Dafoe Emit Flesti
Horst Buchholz Tony Baker
Rüdiger Vogler Phillip Winter
Mikhail Gorbachev Himself
Marijam Agischewa Kirsten
Roberto Benigni Actor
Hildegarde Knef Herself
Monika Hansen Hanna/Gertrud Becker
Hanns Zischler Dr. Becker
Günter Meisner Forger
Lajos Kovács Lali
Henri Alékan Captain
Susanne Jansen Woman in galery
Yella Rottländer Winter's angel
Alexander Hauff Taxi driver
Udo Samel Security guard
Gerd Wameling Security guard
Ronald Nitschke Patzke
Nadja Engel Woman doing box on the ear

Technical Credits
Wim Wenders Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Ulrich Felsberg Producer
Hasso Von Hugo Makeup
Jürgen Jürges Cinematographer
Albrecht Konrad Art Director
Laurent Petitgand Score Composer
Peter Przygodda Editor
Lou Reed Score Composer
Richard Reitinger Screenwriter
Esther Walz Costumes/Costume Designer
Ulrich Zieger Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen Version
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [6:56]
2. A Time for Everything [3:31]
3. Seeking Konrad [3:07]
4. An Old Eagle [2:44]
5. Tale of a Tooth [5:59]
6. Damiel & Doria [2:32]
7. Marion [5:40]
8. Winter & Marion [1:50]
9. Talking Turkey [5:26]
10. Room 612 [1:18]
11. Looking for Ruhlsberg [4:43]
12. Saving Raissa [8:03]
13. Emit & Raphaela [:49]
14. Ralph Raven [8:30]
15. Lou Reed Concert [3:55]
16. A Drink with Flesti [4:00]
17. Breakfast Robbery [4:46]
18. Karl Meets Lou Reed [1:39]
19. At the Museum [:14]
20. Karl's Flying Lesson [8:53]
21. The Warehouse [8:03]
22. Telling His Story [13:18]
23. Columbo [8:22]
24. Back at the Warehouse [7:56]
25. An Old Prophesy [5:58]
26. Hostages [1:39]
27. Rescuing Raissa [5:29]
28. "You whom we love." [4:13]

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