Why shouldn't we fall in love?
Our hearts are made of it
Let's take a chance, why be afraid of it?
By: Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler
The basic story is of an angle that after recording life falls in love with life, not just the trapezes artist that he eventually wants to meet in the flesh. We get to follow his transition blow by blow, as he attempts to follow his desire.
Peter Falk as Der Filmstar is a catalyst and the glue to the story. I even mention that Colombo did not have a hat.
The film started out unscripted and the directors and writers had to punt. You may notice this as the story improves. There was a partial start script from Paris Texas.
I took a German class or several about the time of this film. Therefore, some of the film language is natural, some, I recognize after the subtitles and some is new. No one slurs the words so this would be a great training film. However, I never made it there so this is as close as I will ever get to 1987 Berlin.
Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche, Berlin, Germany
Potsdamer Platz, Mitte, Berlin, Germany
Siegessäule, Tiergarten, Berlin, Germany
Staatsbibliothek, Tiergarten, Berlin, Germany
The DVD has a great commentary by director Wim Wenders and Peter Falk, which lets you see what is attempted in the film. So did they accomplish what they set out to do?
Watch Berlin: Symphony of a Great City (1927 documentary) as a contrast.
Also, do not miss what is touts as a sequel but is really a standalone revision of this film.
"Faraway, So Close!" (1993) with Nastassja KinskiBerlin: Symphony of a Great CityFaraway, So Close!