PRINT Summer 1988



“WHEN THE CHILD WAS A CHILD.” A time of questions without the possibility of answers.

“Who am I? And why am I not you? And you me?”

An extra-ordinary time of self-interrogation, undertaken not so as to know, but so as to describe a meaning for existence within the historical space of the individual geography. An originary time of innocence, of discovery undirected to whatever small apparent benefits may follow. A golden age in which dream has the weight of reality, desire the force of action, in which the only form of representation and explanation that is given is the tale, the fable, the potent circle of myth. “When the child was a child” is the line that opens the new film by Wim Wenders, Wings of Desire. From the beginning, it characterizes the work’s narrative regime.

Wings of Desire seeks to be a history of origins, a fable of foundations, a mythic tale—and not just in metaphor. The

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