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Superb cast, excellent acting: A smouldering drama under the giant thunderclouds of the Great War as Germany gambles its last chips on the success of the Kaiserschlact Wikipedia - The Blue Max (1966). The Infanterie die in their tens of thousands during the bloodbath as pilots duel for control of the air and the chance to gain the Pour Le Merite - The Blue Max.

High drama with a superb cast, excellent acting, direction and camerawork. The errors in some of the props are nothing compared to the use of real aircraft and real flying. All of the props, locations and even the flying are eclipsed by the tension of the drama being played out on screen. One of the Great Motion Pictures.

 

 

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James Mason as the General and his beautiful young wife, played by Ursula Andress, arrive to inspect the aviators.

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Anton Diffring and James Mason

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Anton Diffring enjoys a cigarette and a glass of champagne

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Ursula Andress makes her entrance in the officer's mess wearing a white evening dress

The Blue Max (1966) - Ursula Andress makes her entrace in the officer's mess wearing a white evening dress

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Ursula Andress, wearing a pink satin nightgown, accidentally enters the wrong room

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BERLIN

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THE BRIDGE

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The location is as it was at the time of filming, with both the bridge and the old stone watchtower still there. Only one of the stunt pilots was prepared to perform the flight through the narrow bridge span which left only a few feet on either side of the wingtip. One of the great movie scenes.

Fermoy, Ireland
The Railway Viaduct just east of Fermoy, Ireland

 

Railway Viaduct, Fermoy, Ireland

 

 

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Willi's solid champagne bucket and his Pour Le Merite

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THE FUNERAL

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THE AIRFIELD

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Ursula Andress as Kaiti is framed next to a portrait of his Imperial Majesty Kaiser Willhelm II. Kaiser Willhelm II was a keen admirer of fortitude as the incident of the SS Birkenhead shows. I have seen a pair of magnificent framed, signed photographs of Kaiser Willhelm II which he had sent to the explorer Shackleton.

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Ursula Andress is forced to sit and watch the death of her lover.


   "I tell thee proud Templar, that not in the fiercest battles hadst thou displayed more vaunted courage, than was been shown by woman who called upon to suffer by affection or duty."



Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott, quoted in De L'Amour by Stendal

 

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The passion crackles and smoulders as the plane burns. But the worst is yet to come for Germany.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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