Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Wings (1927)

Academy Awards, USA 1929

Best Picture, Production
Best Effects, Engineering Effects
Roy Pomeroy

Paramount Pictures
Directed by William A. Wellman
My rating: 3 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(Blu-ray, Paramount)

The exploits of two childhood friends who enlist during WWI to become pilots for the Army. Both are in love with the same girl, but she only pretends to be in love with one of them out of sympathy, little realizing that the girl next door, Clara Bow, is the one really in love with him. They go through the usual pilot school routine, eventually going on bombing runs over France. There is a memorable sequence in a Paris nightclub involving champagne bubbles. However, the aerial combat sequences are the real highlight, including hand tinted flame-outs. Highly enjoyable, if occasionally sudsy, silent film that will forever be known as the first winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture.

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