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The RAF seen from a Czech perspective,
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This review is from: Dark Blue World [DVD]  (DVD)
The Czechs, like the Poles, were a key part of the RAF during World War II and this film tells it like it is. The fact that they were totally unappreciated when they got back to their homeland, now in the shadow of Stalin, gives this film a poignant ending but, as other reviewers point out, it's really a story about male friendship.
There are only two things over which men will ever fall out: money and women. Here, of course, it's the latter - or rather, one woman in particular. This may make you think of the dreadful film 'Pearl Harbour' (one of the principal reasons why Ben Affleck is now reduced to advertising Lynx Click) and it's true that the love triangle here is occasionally the clumsiest part of the film, but its devastating effects on the male protagonists are portrayed extremely well.
Another crucial aspect of this film's atmosphere is the music. Having been born in Prague, I am familiar with Jezek and the comic songs he composed in the thirties with Voskovec and Werich, many directly satirising Hitler's rise to power. Several are featured here. In fact, the title of this film comes from a Jezek song in which his failing eyesight matches the blues in his heart.
Dark Blue World is a very sad film, but a very impressive one.