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This film is a compendium of the facts and fiction of the events leading up to the disaster. For dramatic effect, Sabotage was chosen as the cause, rather than electricity lashing out at a couple of tons of hydrogen. Written by
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Klaus Pruss, son of Hindenburg's captain Max Pruss, helped to provide Robert Wise with color postcards of the passenger areas (dining room, lounge, smoking room, etc) when it came to depicting the accurate colors of the Hindenburg's interior. See more »
In the film, the Hindenburg makes a final turn to port, after which it skids to starboard. Newsreels show that it made a final sharp turn to starboard and skid to port. Additionally, the hangar is in the wrong position and is not seen in the newsreel footage. In addition, the film inaccurately shows water ballast being dumped from windows near the bow of the ship but for the final approach ballast was dropped from the stern as it was stern-heavy. See more »
I actually thought the crash sequence in "The Hindenburg" looked pretty realistic. The combination of newsreel footage and special effects was effective as it was often difficult to distinguish between the two.
Robert Wise was an editor on "Citizen Kane" and he skillfully combined studio shots with stock footage on that great film as well. What worked on both of these movies was that the new shots were matched with the archival footage in terms of quality. Scratches, shaky camera movements and other imperfections were added to the special effects sequences to blend better with the existing newsreels.
Sure the script has some flaws but let's face it, you watch a film like this to see the disaster and "The Hindenburg" delivers.
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