USA | 1927 | 144 mins | Unrated
Wings (1927) tells the story of two young men, one rich, one middle class, who are in love with the same woman, become fighter pilots in World War I.
Director: William Wellman
Cast: Clara Bow; Buddy Rogers; Richard Arlen
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Silent Revue kicks off its season of “Planes, Train and Automobiles” with the very first Best Picture Oscar winner and the ultimate aerial film of the era, WINGS. Directed by “Wild Bill” Wellman, WINGS is a masterpiece of action, adventure, and heart. With death-defying aerial stunts performed by over 300 pilots—many drawn from the United States Army Corps—WINGS became the vanguard for big budget but realistic and meticulously-researched spectacles.
Starring a shimmering Clara Bow as Mary Preston, the “girl next door” in love with Jack (Buddy Rogers), Mary’s world is torn apart after Jack and his best friend (Richard Arlen) are called to the front. Heartbroken but intrepid, she joins the Army Corp as an ambulance driver and learns of her beau’s reputation as the “Shooting Star.” While Bow, Rogers, and Arlen shine, we’d be remiss not to point out a simmering, career-launching 2 minutes and 16 seconds of newcomer Gary Cooper as Cadet White that is white hot seductiveness.
Featuring aerials battle sequences like no other film, WINGS reinforced the “Wild” in Wild Bill Wellman’s reputation as an incomparable master of the silent era. – ALICIA FLETCHER
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