Trevor Willsmer

Hall of Fame Reviewer - 2011 2012 2013
Top Reviewer Ranking: 67
Helpful votes received on reviews: 94% (12,863 of 13,673)
Location: London, England


Top Reviewer Ranking: 67 - Total Helpful Votes: 12863 of 13673
Forgotten Men [DVD]
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As storm clouds gathered again in Europe, the early Thirties saw a huge rise in the number of deglamourised memoirs of the First World War being published as the zeitgeist of the day moved into preparation for war - not the practical business of rearmament but of emphasising how horrible it was more to prepare people for the horrors they would experience than in any hope of averting it. This was particularly prevalent in the UK and France - countries like Italy were already trying to whitewash their less than glorious war record in Mussolini-approved documentaries like Roberto Omegna's Gloria - La Grande Guerra, British cinema took a different approach. The long forgotten Forgotten Men is… Read more
Lafayette Escadrille [DVD] [1958] [Region 1] [US I&hellip <b>DVD</b> ~ Tab Hunter
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Starring a young Paul Newman and, in his first major role, Clint Eastwood, director William Wellman returned to the theme of his Oscar-winning Wings and his own experiences as an American pilot flying for the French in World War One with 1958's epic Lafayette Escadrille, a fitting swansong for one of the great directors of the golden age - or at least that's what SHOULD have happened. Instead Jack Warner balked at the budget, insisted on casting Tab Hunter instead of the lesser-known actors (Eastwood's role went to David Janssen, leaving him in a small bit part), added a happier ending and cut the film to ribbons in post-production before changing the title to Hell Bent for Glory, with the… Read more
Wings - The Complete BBC Box Set [DVD] [1977] <b>DVD</b> ~ Michael Cochrane
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Not to be confused with William Wellman's silent epic nor the long-running US sitcom, the BBC's all but forgotten 1976-7 series Wings is probably the best drama series ever produced about the First World War. Tracing the development of the Royal Flying Corps from its early use as a largely ineffectual form of reconnaissance for artillery to the early days of bombing and aerial combat through the experiences of a handful of pilots, it's a surprisingly lavish production with an epic scope that takes in both family life at home and the experiences of the infantry on the ground for whom aircraft always spelled trouble and who weren't averse to firing on their own planes to deter them in the… Read more