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Splendid ariel photography in this excellent film,
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This review is from: The Blue Max [DVD] (DVD)
George Peppard clearly has a great deal to prove as a civilian wounded in the carnage of the trenches of WW1.He sees the heroic and galant pilots flying a different war above and desides to enlist seeing the glamour of the fighter aces.
He is never really seen as one of the unit,the majority of the squadron are officers from the upper classes who live life to the full drinking champagne and eating excellent food.
The scenes of trench warfare are amongst the finest ever filmed and the film magnificently captures that era of the Great War.
The only way Bruno Stachell the character played really well by Peppard can prove himself to his superiors is in the air.
The awarding ceremony of the coveted Pour Le Merit or Blue Max to the squadron leader brings on a singleminded determination to win the award for himself.
It is this part of the film where the ariel cinematography is the making of this film.
Peppard through all devious and less devious actions sees his kill tally steadily rise to that elusive target of twenty kills when then few piolts lasted longer than a few weeks.
His ability as a pilot sees the famous Von Rhichtoffen offer him the opportunity to join his squadron but he declines wishing to remain with his unit.
James Mason the distinguished General and his gorgeous younger wife played by Ursula Andress soon learn of his prowess in the air,and it is Mason who eventually presents Peppard with the highest honour of Prussia THE BLUE MAX.
Peppard's stunning looks attract Ursula Andress and the two carry on a secret love affair.
Peppards fame as the common soldier who becomes a famous air ace is great moral for a Prussia that clearly is loosing the war.
As a great honour Peppard is allowed to be the first pilot to test the far from safe new monoplane that if successfull could turn the tide of the war.
Peppard has become to big a hero and must be quickly removed from the scene,and the finally of the film sees a tearfull Ursula Andress and James Mason listen to the plane crash to the ground.
Her secret of the pashionate love affair is out and the scandal of the upper class ladies fling with a commoner must be kept secret.
The Blue Max is one of those magnificent war time dramas that came out of the sixties and early seventies and its a shame such films donot get regular coverage.