Wings

Wings

DVD - 2012
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Two young men, one rich, one middle class, are in love with the same woman, but must leave her behind when they become fighter pilots in World War I. Includes the featurette: Wings: Grandeur in the Sky.

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ThomasJWhiting
May 30, 2017

VERY GOOD 1927 b/w silent movie. First time I've watched a silent film in some time - VERY high quality cinematography, not only the air combat flying, but also the large scale (and expensive) WWI trench fighting, etc. which had over 3500 infantry men on screen in epic Battle of Saint-Mihiel with French and AEF American soldiers versus the Germans.
Excellent drama with both the two American pilots AND beautiful Clara Bow really lighting up the screen.

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Dave99_0
Mar 27, 2017

"Wings" is a great spectacle. Even by today's standards, the stunt flying is amazing. Putting flimsy biplanes held together by wire into death spirals and crashing them with bad landings is astounding. This 1927 motion picture is the last great silent film. I would rate "Wings" at 5.0 stars.

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Nursebob
Sep 21, 2016

Although it was released almost 90 years ago, William A. Wellman’s silent film about love and honour during wartime remains one of the most spectacularly ambitious films to ever emerge from that genre. Filmed with the full cooperation of the Air Force, Wellman—a decorated combat pilot himself—employed thousands of extras in order to stage some of the most riveting and believable blood & guts battle scenes on both land and in the air. No CGI effects here, his actors actually flew their own planes while operating remote controlled cameras fixed to the engine cowling. The result is a series of breathtaking aerial dogfights with biplanes looping in and out of clouds or speeding along enemy lines as bombs wreak havoc and soldiers succumb to bullets and shrapnel (they used chocolate syrup for blood). Meanwhile, back on solid ground as an ill-fated love triangle (rectangle?) plays out, cinematographer Harry Perry uses some imaginative techniques to keep the action flowing: at one point the camera flies over the table tops at Paris’ Folies Bergère while a very drunk airman chases elusive champagne bubbles, and in a more sobering passage a plane comes to rest next to a military graveyard of immaculately white crosses. Meticulously restored by Paramount Studios with a full orchestral score, evocative tinting techniques, and a host of well placed sound effects, Wellman’s epic has survived the test of time with all its glory and silent era melodrama lovingly intact. Look for a cameo by a then unknown Gary Cooper and some shocking pre-Hays Code dalliances with nudity and homoerotica—two women in male drag cavort in a bar and a man-to-man kiss (American cinema’s first!) doesn’t seem quite so platonic. Winner of two Academy Awards including Best Picture.

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petal2014
Oct 01, 2014

It's cool to watch the films of my grandma's era. I've heard a lot about the main stars, great to see their work. I had no idea WINGS was the last silent movie.

brendancarlson Apr 19, 2014

Taking into consideration that there were no computer graphics, green screen or process shots available when this movie was shot, you will see some of the most exciting and remarkable action sequences ever put on film. They don't (and can't) make 'em like this anymore.

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Monolith
Jun 30, 2013

A phenomenal film on so many levels: incredible production value; breathtaking aerial cinematography and stunts; subplots full of tenderness and depth... The three lead actors were very engaging, (especially Clara Bow, but the guys, too), transcending any obstacles of silent film effortlessly with the genuine emotional expressiveness of their eyes alone (although I could even read their lips sometimes). What an ending! Shocker! This is inarguably director William A. Wellman's magnum opus, and I found it quite affecting. Evidently, the man fought hard (w/ the studios, etc.) for his exceptional vision to come to fruition, and it paid off. It's quite apropos that it holds the singular distinction of winning the first ever Academy Award for Best Production (Picture). Fascinating bonus feature commentary. FIVE STARS.

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gb2k
Jul 14, 2012

This is a wondrously beautiful piece of art about life, love, war, pain & WWI.
It has absolutely AMAZING cinema-photography which is fully restored. The last great silent movie. (Wings is twice as good as last year's silent film winner, "The Artist.")

The film "Wings" won the very first Oscar / Academy Award for "Best Picture" in 1929.
It has Clare Bow, who was the #1 silent film starlet of the 20's, and has a small part with Gary Cooper (which made him a star).
If you like old films. don't miss it.
It's a silent film GEM.
(BTW, for an extra-special treat, watch the documentary of how "Wings" was made in the Special Feature.)

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Monolith
Jun 30, 2013

John "Jack" Powell (cuddling with Mary in his hot rod, looking up at the night sky, as a shooting star suddenly flies by): "Do you know what you can do when you see a shooting star?" Mary Preston (smiling): "...You can kiss the girl you love." (*smooch*)

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