In the early days of the 20th century, a British Newspaper offers a prize for the winner of a cross channel air race which brings flyers from all over the world. There are many sub-plots as the flyers jockey for position and the affections of various women. Written by
John Vogel <email@example.com>
Mays' comment that "... Thursday, uh, well, we like to end up at Romano's" is a reference to a restaurant in the Strand in London. Romano's was a restaurant where people from many walks of life met, where the upper crust could meet some of the more Bohemian members of London society, where liaisons could occur, where lords could meet boxers, where authors could meet bankers, where "officers and gentlemen" could encounter actresses and artists. It was not a place that a gentleman would give up merely because he had married. See more »
When Pierre Dubois crashes into the sewage after the duel, Count Ponticelli is in the row boat and his clothes are dry. They should be wet since just a few seconds before he had been shot down into the sewage water and rescued. See more »
[Having helped Richard Mays return to the race]
I think I'll get one of those Muriel
I shouldn't Willie, you're near enough to your wings as it is.
See more »
Closing credits: Those Magnificent Men - and Women - were ... See more »
Few films there are ineed that I would be willing to pay a lot to have on DVD, but this certainly is!
In my book it rates with Tati's best, and he's tops!
The idea of making a film about aircraft was not new, I guess, but to do it such manner is still unique! Who would make a film
about an air-race between London and Paris, and do it as a comedy, with almost perfect dialogue, details and acting, but the British?
A number of vintage aircraft (circa 1909) were repaired/constructed
and flown for the flight sequencies, from the minuscle Demoiselle (the replica too small to have a male pilot!) via big, boxkite-like Cody's, inspired by Farmans to the Antoinette, which was 100% original!
As in any slapstick film there are villains (Terry Thomas, and Eric Sykes), pompous Germans, elegant Italians, flirting Frenchmen and the honest guy, of course!
Liking both British humour and aircraft, plus the good acting, the clever and exciting cinematography, and the excellent directing from Mr Annikin I can't but smile!
47 of 53 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?
| Report this