Personal Identity and Angelic Touch in Wim Wenders’ Wings of Desire

  • Author(s): Chris Venner
  • When: 2015-01
  • Where: Journal of Religion & Film
  • Wenders' Wings of Desire offers a rich tapestry for theorists of personal identity and its relationship to the Other. Set in a Berlin where angels walk among humans, it depicts those angels reorienting humans' lives with but a touch. Martin Heidegger and Gilles Deleuze also theorize the Other's touch as central to any change in the self. Bringing Wenders' film into dialogue with their theories offers new insights into the film's central question, “Why am I me and not you?”

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