My post yesterday got me thinking about how much I like the movie ‘Dogma’ and how much I love the movie ‘Wings of Desire.’ The funny thing is that I loved ‘Dogma’ until I watched the DVD with Kevin Smith’s narcissistic commentary turned on. I think Kevin Smith is incredibly creative, but I don’t think he is as funny as HE thinks he is. Initially, I loved ‘Dogma’ because it gave me the same rush that seeing ‘Harold and Maude’ for the first time gave me–that moment when you realize a movie is so twisted that you either have to walk away in disgust or laugh out loud and enjoy it. The cherry on top was when Bud Cort–‘Harold’–had a small part in ‘Dogma’. I felt like Smith had read my mind.
The one really good thing that came from hearing Smith’s testimony on the making of ‘Dogma’ was finding out that the idea for costuming the angels in something distinctive, like hooded sweatshirts, came from Wim Wenders’ film ‘Wings of Desire.’ Wenders’ American movie ‘Paris Texas’ was one of my all time favorites. So I bought the DVD of ‘Wings of Desire’….and for anyone who’s seen it, you know the rest. If you haven’t seen it, then you must and this is your call to action.
A caricature of Alan Rickman as Metatron [above], and Bruno Ganz with Peter Falk in ‘Wings of Desire’ [below].