Margaret Tucker is a writer living in St. Louis. She recently completed a Ph.D. in English literature and wrote a dissertation on the role of Catholicism in the rise of the English novel.

In Wim Wenders’s film “Wings of Desire,” the protagonist, an angel named Damiel (Bruno Ganz), is tired of spending eternity as a pure spirit (photo: Alamy).
Arts & CultureIdeas
Margaret Tucker
In ‘Wings of Desire,’ Damiel is tired of pretense, tired of spending eternity as a pure spirit.
“Jesus of Nazareth” has not achieved the iconic status of the great biblical epics (photo: Alamy)
Arts & CultureFilm
Margaret Tucker
The oddities of Franco Zeffirelli’s ‘Jesus of Nazareth’ should not be dismissed as defects.