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The story shows the career of a once famous german flyer nobody remembers today... After ww2, these guys, who were styled to be the pop stars of the third reich, still were quite popular. People didn´t think of them as nazis or war criminals, but as young men with a noble profession: Pilots of the german luftwaffe. The picture has a lot of air fights, a love affair and oldfashioned acting in it. If that is something you like, take a closer look at the video that is still available in germany.
I watched this film right after a screening of Käutner's "Grosse
Freiheit Nr 7", which premiered in December 1944. And suddenly I
realized, what it is that makes Käutner's film a true masterpiece:
"Star of Africa", even though a "war" film, lacks the atmosphere of war
totally. It is a superfluous, totally empty film with nothing much in
it to recommend it. "Grosse Feiheit", which doesn't show a single
swastika (neither does "Star of Africa" to that matter) is nevertheless
shrouded heavily into that special gloomy mood, which tells us that
there is a REAL war out there, a war that is soon to be lost for good;
and that's what makes one film tense and bitterly sad, while the other
film, though heavy with air fights, battlefield situations and actual
footage (thrown quite pointlessly here and there), is reminiscent of a
fifties TV show.
This film (both English dubbed and subtitled version) can be ordered from International Historic Films.
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