It’s a war movie!
I’ve seen some spy stuff during this blog series, but very few out-and-out war movies. And it’s by Howard Hawks, so it looks like the shots are gorgeous…
Except that the transfer I have i ridiculous. There’s digital artefacts all over the place. Not just banding and exaggerated grains, but also a harsh mp3 audio track.
Very not pleasant.
Anyway, this won the Oscar for Best Film Editing, which is, I guess, a way for people to say “this movie wasn’t very good, but we appreciate the effort”.
Because this is an odd movie. We follow a crew flying around the Pacific for hours. So lots of tight shots inside a plane, and then composited above documentary footage of locations.
Ah… it had a difficult production. I guess that explains the weirdnesses.
But I don’t know whether my general dissatisfaction with this movie is due to the bad DVD or whether the movie is just kind of boring. It’s 95% character development.
Air Force. Howard Hawks. 1943.
Popular movies in February 1943 according to IMDB:
|246||6.7||Reveille with Beverly|
|265||6.1||The Youngest Profession|
|949||4.6||Dead Men Walk|
This blog post is part of the Decade series.