With the passing of Peter Falk, it brought this film to mind. I know he will always be remembered as his TV detective “Columbo” and none more so here when he plays himself working on a film, some youths passing ask him “Where is your mack?”
It is the story of a group of angels watching people over Berlin, one falls in love with a trapeze artist and has a desire to become human. When we are with the angels it is black and white, when we are with the humans it is in colour (just like Powell & Pressburger’s A Matter Of Life & Death).
I caught this film by accident on Channel Four after a review in the NME (New Musical Express) when the paper (note I write paper, not magazine) had a great film page and recommendations on TV for the week ahead, it was a year when there was a great selection of films on TV due to celebrating the cinema’s 100th birthday in 1995, but this was one of it’s best.
It has a lovely romantic feel of a time long gone and this was a rare thing in the 1980’s, it also might be the best film ever given away free from a newspaper when it was given away free with The Independent a few years ago.
DF Viewing 16/01/1995, Channel 4