Cinema: Gasbag


Directed by ROBERT WISE Screenplay by NELSON GIDDING

The Hindenburg contains many beautiful, technically ingenious shots showing a model of the great airship sailing majestically through all sorts of weather and cloud conditions. It also contains many lovingly detailed re-creations of the craft's interior—the elegantly appointed public rooms, the bridge, the 804-ft.-long canvas hull where the volatile hydrogen that kept the thing afloat was stored.

This quasi-documentary material keeps the movie afloat because there is something undeniably romantic about dirigibles. A glimpse of the last and greatest of them on its final voyage, which ended with the famous explosion at Lakehurst, N.J.,...

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