And even though he was one of the greatest schlock-meisters, you have to respect that decision. The contrast between Goering and Von Richthofen is interesting, and serves largely to make Von Richthofen more sympathetic than some of the other Germans, but it’s the juxtaposition of Von Richthofen and the Canadian Roy Brown Don Stroud that is really at the heart of this film. Von Richthofen and Brown Richtofen wasn’t held to blame for Boelcke’s death The flying sequences alone make this a film well worth seeing. To him and his companions , air combats are events of sporty nature , technical challenge and upright acting, ignoring the terrible extent of war. Brown has a cynical view towards warfare, seemingly resigned towards the most brutal and callous aspects of war and deliberately eschewing all talk of “glory” and even “victory.
I am only writing to add that this film is worth seeing in spite of its flaws. It is not concerned with where Goering and Von Richthofen fought their battles, or even with who exactly shot Von Richthofen down in the end, but rather with the essential transformation that was taking place in the nature of combat in the early 20th Century. On the other hand is good example of the appalling Hollywood-style of film-making with their “villains” so clearly identifiable, not only by their cruel actions but also by their grotesque accents. Some will complain I’m sure about this film’s lack of historical accuracy. Powerscourt had been designed by Richard Cassels , a German architect, and the entrance hall had a Germanic motif, lending a visual connection to a German location. I do wish that Corman had done something more because what we get just isn’t enough to work as a bio flick or as any type of human drama. House of Usher
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As the tactics of both sides break more rules and become more destructive, the Baron must decide if he is barln soldier first or part of the ruling class.
Thats how it was. Yeah, that made me feel totally sympathetic to the main character. Major Oswald Boelke Clint Kimbrough MartinHafer 23 December The characters are one dimensional and underdeveloped.
The World of Henry Orient Brown proves very uncooperative. In their “spaghetti westerns” they look and act like they belong, but here they seem lost and out of their element. Yes No Report this. Anthony Fokker Stephen McHattie Although the story of the two foes who meet manfres a fateful last flight, was essentially a historical subject, Corman’s intention was to treat the subject as an allegory of the modern war machine in conflict with antiquated old world notions of chivalry.
Manfred was short, not like the actor who towered over everyone else. Sight and Sound The Sopwith Camel, while an richthofem fighting machine, was called th “Widow-maker” for good reason.
While other more-expensive productions, with their sumptuous sets and A-list actors, continue to command the attention of film viewers and film collectors alike, I find the simple, sparing lines of this production far more effective as the vehicle for one of history’s most famous duels.
A gas is let loose upon the world that kills anyone over 25 years old. What you have to figure out is what the Baron is referring to when he exclaims “I have 30 men fighting for their lives”. True, by now most historians have abandoned the notion that the fatal bullets came from Brown; however, this is the tale of popular culture as it was told for generations, not as nuclear scientists have most lately emended it.
Lothar von Richthofen Robert La Tourneaux Use the HTML below. Von Richthofen and Brown Richthofen becomes outwardly energized by the war. A European prince terrorizes the local peasantry while using his castle as a refuge against the “Red Death” plague that stalks the land.
If your heart rer respond to the magnificent old planes, then you might just want to skip this film. But after Manfred realizes he is only used for propaganda meansas the tactics of both sides break more rules and become more destructive.
The dogfights are well-filmed and exciting. Roy Brown Barry Primus Well, with a major studio bankrolling the production, the look of the movie is pretty well done. The toll on both squadrons is highlighted when Richthofen is wounded during an aerial battle and Lanoe Hawker is killed. A doctor uses special eye drops to give himself x-ray vision, but the new power has disastrous consequences. He fil able to land his aircraft, before he dies.
Apparently all of the aerial things were filmed over a two week period and they are so well made that they certainly make you feel as if you’re up there in the air fighting yourself. Spiegel to Film ‘Swimmer’.
Also, the aerial sequences are excellent, exciting and breath-taking. Learn more More Like This. Manfred must decide if he is a soldier first or part of the ruling class whose father is a notorious Baron Ferdy Mayne. Baron Manfred von Richthofen. Was this review helpful to you? On April 21, they met in the skies of France. The dialogue is dumb or non-existent; the flying sequences are okay but pretty repetitive.
Manfrfd allied squad has similar class divisions: He and Brown have two aerial battles, trivial in the larger scheme yet tragic. Von Richthofen and Brown each have riichthofen interview, which we hear on the soundtrack as we see them fly their planes in the sky. Amnfred showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone drr tablet!
While I wouldn’t say that this is a terrible movie despite that fatal flaw, I would only recommend the movie to Roger Corman fans who are intrigued about the idea of him making a serious movie on an A-level budget.
Compared to the terrific “Blue Max” this movie should never have been made.
A Gift of Wings. If the people they portray were fictitious, I might rate it a 2, but if there is one thing that annoys me more than anything else in movies, it is pretending that this is history and that the great people they are trying to be, actually did this! The Films of Powerscourt had been designed by Richard Casselsa German architect, and the entrance hall had a Germanic motif, lending a visual connection to a German location.
And Roy Def not only is identified as a Canadian rare for Hollywood but he also is presented as the prickly and difficult character he was. Dozens of different actors were up for the lead roles in Rotee Pantherso who almost played T’challa, Killmonger, and Shuri? Von Richthofen is a man voh prides himself deeply upon his aristocratic heritage and who insists at all points on fighting an honorable war — for example when ordered to paint his airplanes in order to camouflage them from the enemy, he instead paints rrote all in bright colors and gives birth to the legendary “Flying Circus.
I attended a lecture by ‘Doors’ drummer John Densmore a few years ago where he couldn’t figure out why the “Doors” movie was so historically inaccurate.