City of Angels

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Time Out says

A Hollywood remake of Wings of Desire, directed by the man who gave us Casper. The mind boggles. But elegant direction, luscious camerawork, a mostly unsentimental script, and sterling performances from the stars turns this into be an honourable effort - at least until the last 20 minutes, when the movie goes spectacularly off the rails. Seth (Cage, charismatic) is one of many angels who wander LA listening in to people's thoughts, trying to allay their anxieties, and, when death rears its head, leading them 'home'. He sees heart surgeon Maggie (Ryan) fighting to save a patient: when she fails, he's struck by her sadness, guilt and sense of confusion, and - already wondering what it would be like to experience taste, smell, touch, tears and transient joy - falls so in love that he begins to make himself visible to her. This is funnier than Wenders' version, and it also succeeds in visualising LA as a magical city while dealing intelligently with the themes of mortality, sacrifice, free will, and the mixed blessings of the human condition.
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UK release:

1998

Duration:

114 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Brad Silberling

Cast:

Colm Feore, André Braugher, Dennis Franz, Meg Ryan, Nicolas Cage, Robin Bartlett

Music:

Gabriel Yared

Production Designer:

Lilly Kilvert

Editor:

Lynzee Klingman

Cinematography:

John Seale

Screenwriter:

Dana Stevens

Producer:

Charles Roven, Dawn Steel

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THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST SPIRITUALLY TOUCHING MOVIES I HAVE EVER SEEN.. AND I LOVE MOST OF THINGS IN IT, AND WHAT IT IS ABOUT.. JUST I HATE AT THE END, WHEN THEY HAVE MAGGIE DIE, SUDDENLY.. THAT IS NOT RIGHT. BUT THE WORD, 'LOS ANGELES' MEANS 'CITY OF ANGELS' AND THEY DO EXIST HERE.. I HAVE EXPERIENCED MY OWN ANGEL TALKING TO ME HERE, VERY SIMILARLY IN PERSON, (HIM SAYING MY NAME IN PUBLIC, ETC.. AND EVERYONE ELSE COULD ALSO SEE HIM).. AND I'VE HAD A FEW OTHER ANGELIC EXPERIENCES.. BUT I DID NOT DIE FROM IT.. AND ANGELS FREE-FALLING TALL BUILDINGS TO BECOME HUMAN, SEEMS A BIT FAR-FETCHED.. IN REALITY. THAT PART MAKES ME LAUGH.. BUT THAT SEEMS LIKE A FALLEN ANGEL THEME.. WHICH MAKES HIM SEEM DEMONISED... AFTER FALLING, TOO.. AND THAT MAKES NO SENSE EITHER. AND WHY WERE ALL THE ANGELS WEARING BLACK.. THEY DO NOT DO THAT.. UNLESS THEY WERE DEMONS, OT ALL OF THEM DEATH ANGELS.. HMM. I LIKE WHEN THE LIGHTS FLICKER, THEY DO THAT TOO.. BUT NOT ALL OF THEM ARE DEATH ANGELS HERE.

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THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST SPIRITUALLY TOUCHING MOVIES I HAVE EVER SEEN.. AND I LOVE MOST OF THINGS IN IT, AND WHAT IT IS ABOUT.. JUST I HATE AT THE END, WHEN THEY HAVE MAGGIE DIE, SUDDENLY.. THAT IS NOT RIGHT. BUT THE WORD, 'LOS ANGELES' MEANS 'CITY OF ANGELS' AND THEY DO EXIST HERE.. I HAVE EXPERIENCED MY OWN ANGEL TALKING TO ME HERE, VERY SIMILARLY IN PERSON, (HIM SAYING MY NAME IN PUBLIC, ETC.. AND EVERYONE ELSE COULD ALSO SEE HIM).. AND I'VE HAD A FEW OTHER ANGELIC EXPERIENCES.. BUT I DID NOT DIE FROM IT.. AND ANGELS FREE-FALLING TALL BUILDINGS TO BECOME HUMAN, SEEMS A BIT FAR-FETCHED.. IN REALITY. THAT PART MAKES ME LAUGH.. BUT THAT SEEMS LIKE A FALLEN ANGEL THEME.. WHICH MAKES HIM SEEM DEMONISED... AFTER FALLING, TOO.. AND THAT MAKES NO SENSE EITHER. AND WHY WERE ALL THE ANGELS WEARING BLACK.. THEY DO NOT DO THAT.. UNLESS THEY WERE DEMONS, OT ALL OF THEM DEATH ANGELS.. HMM. I LIKE WHEN THE LIGHTS FLICKER, THEY DO THAT TOO.. BUT NOT ALL OF THEM ARE DEATH ANGELS HERE.