A drama based on the true story of Melvin B. Tolson, a professor at Wiley College Texas. In 1935, he inspired students to form the school's first debate team, which went on to challenge Harvard in the national championship.
The script begins as a young Hughes directs one of Scorsese's favorite films, Hell's Angels. Hughes was so obsessed with perfection in the aerial sequences that he waits forever for perfect conditions, right down to cloud formations. The Aviator ends in 1946, when Hughes was still a dashing young man and romancing actresses like Ava Gardner and Katharine Hepburn. Written by
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Cate Blanchett felt that accurately reproducing Katharine Hepburn's distinctive upper class New Englander accent was crucial to her portrayal of this Hollywood icon. She did daily voice exercises with the film's voice coach Tim Monich (with whom Blanchett had worked previously on The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)), and also studied Hepburn's early films and documentaries about her to learn her mannerisms. See more »
After reaching 352mph in the H1 Hughes describes himself as 'fastest man on the planet'. In fact the Supermarine s.6 had already established a faster speed than that in 1929 and the record at the time of the H1 was set by Francesco Agello at 440mph. It is inconceivable that Hughes, with his interest in aviation, would be unaware of this. Hughes' record was a land plane (rather than sea plane) record. See more »
From the 3 colour mix scheme, to the great performance made DiCaprio, this movie has that unique touch and feeling which only the great masterpieces have. Scorsese goes into a different subject, aviation, and transforms Howard Hughes into one of the most complex characters in the history of movies, always disturbing and fascinating. In real life Hughes developed some of most exciting projects in the movie business and in the aviation industry, that made him one of the greatest entrepreneurs of America's History. On the other hand, we was one very eccentric man, with lots of physical and mental problems, in part due to the airplane accidents. DiCaprio made an excellent job, and accomplished his most powerful performance to date. Scorsese went a step up from Gangs of New York, and made this film look like a 50s one. The Oscars went to a mediocre Million Dolar Baby, Eastwood and to Jamie Fox, taking advantage of the recently departed Ray Charles. The Aviator should have taken them all, in that year. A great movie to see at the theaters and own on DVD. Thank you, Mr Scorsese and Mr DiCaprio.
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