Cinema: Heels in the Air

The Blue Max. Vintage airplanes are currently among the most accomplished scene-stealers in movies. Grouped like angry mosquitoes in the grey-green skies over France during World War I, a handful of meticulously reconstructed biplanes and triplanes give this ambitious battle drama its only real sting. Goggled pilots, scarves tucked into their leather daredevil jackets, scramble aloft to trigger a full-throttle facsimile of the epic aerial combats of 1918. Of course, as members of an enemy German squadron, the men in their flying machines are shown to be less than magnificent.

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