The Blue Max
“There’s something of the cobra in you.” that’s how jeremy kemp’s wwi flying ace von klugermann greets greenhorn pilot and soon-to-be rival bruno stachel, who outwardly may also have the prim dash of a golden-haired george peppard, however is in fact a smirking, entitled psychopath decided to bag the german air force’s pinnacle medal: the blue max, a prize for downing 20 enemy craft.
To stachel, all else is immaterial—he’ll slaughter unarmed enemies or even betray his very own to win the ribbon and silence the excessive-born comrades who mock his commonality. Endure with the redundant romance among stachel and ursula andress’ countess; there are few higher movies about war within the air, and seldom do we get to look the battle movie’s hero performing so thoroughly unheroic, combating no longer for patriotism, but for a threat to say superiority among his peers. The aerial sequences are the spotlight, pre-cg dogfights shot with actual clarity, even though on the floor there’s additionally a charming glimpse of an alternative wwi: in the back of the dust-swamped trenches, in plush manor houses filled with champagne, the air aces stay like aristocracy.