Wings of Desire

The Berlin Wall came down a year after Wings of Desire opened in Seattle, when our Roger Downey wrote that Bruno Ganz and his angelic cohort were “well-disposed to suffering humanity, although more as observers than helpers, giving new heart to someone who’s open to their influence, but either unable or unwilling to save someone already over the lip of despair.” So, too, was Germany divided at the time, and Wim Wenders’ acclaimed film is thus an apt choice to begin the “Divided Cinema” retrospective of Cold War movies from the DDR and GDR. Five other titles and two symposia are also part of the series, which runs through December 16. (PG-13) BRIAN MILLER

Mon., Nov. 30, 7 p.m.; Tue., Dec. 1, 7 p.m., 2009

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