The tactics of a German fighter pilot offend his aristocratic comrades but win him his country's most honored medal, the Blue Max. The General finds him useful as a hero even though his wife also finds him useful as a love object. In the end the General arranges for him to test-fly an untried fighter. Written by
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A Terrific WWI Air War Movie With Real Planes & No CGI
What a refreshing movie to watch.
I saw this movie with my father in 1966. He always loved the bi-planes of World War I and they thrill me to this day.
The title, though central to the theme of the movie is really a misnomer to the enjoyment of this film. You actually get to see r-e-a-l aircraft in combat without the cartoon effects of CGI.
This is movie making in the school of the other Cinamascope greats: Somewhat weak on plot, but so absolutely cool in visual execution, that you overlook the script's lack of depth.
I'm not saying that this movie doesn't have a plot. It's a solid story with somewhat shallow character development. But in the end, the characters were secondary to a story of bravery, early air war history and tactics and the wearing away of chivalry in an era of a nation fighting for survival in the end of hours.
Acting was good, direction was fine and choreography using actual aircraft was among the last of it's kind.
I give this an 8 out of 10 for displaying concrete reality in an era of cartoon gimmicks.
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