The New Pictures, May 8, 1950

The Big Lift (20th Century-Fox) is an ambitious, two-hour film that pays the price of trying to do too much: document the Berlin airlift, take the measure of postwar Germany, sell democracy, and keep an audience entertained. At times the price seems heavy, but it is not too much to pay for a movie with enough originality, authenticity and skilled craftsmanship to set it apart from the production run of Hollywood.

To make The Big Lift, Writer-Director George (Miracle on 34th Street) Seaton spent nine months of preparation in Germany, three months of shooting...

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