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The Battle in the Clouds (1909)
"The Airship Destroyer" (original title)

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An inventor uses a wireless controlled flying torpedo to destroy enemy airships.



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An inventor uses a wireless controlled flying torpedo to destroy enemy airships.

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29 December 1909 (USA)  »

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20 June 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Airship Destroyer, The (1909)

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Early science-fiction film (some consider it the first) about a Zeppelin that takes off in the night where three men use it to drop bombs on England. I guess you could call this an early "fear" film as it's pretty clear that it was made to put fear into people watching the film that an invasion could come from the sky at anytime without any notice. I really don't agree that this is a science-fiction film but for some reason people consider it one. The special effects for the most part are pretty good with one great shot of the Zeppelin off in the distance while another one, with actors that we can see, comes floating in the shot. The ending doesn't hold up very well due to some obvious effects but it's still fairly impressive for 1909. Original German title: Der Luftkrieg Der Zukunft.

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