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NOVA: Wings of Madness

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Based on the acclaimed biography by Paul Hoffman, Wings of Madness tells the colorful and tragic life of the Brazilian-born aviator named Alberto Santos-Dumont. The first to fly an airplane in Europe, he also pioneered the first practical powered balloons, and his daring exploits captivated the public.

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  • Directors: Brian Breger
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: February 13, 2007
  • Run Time: 56 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JJ5F5C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,262 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This documentary on Alberto Santos-Dumont the Brazilian aviation pioneer is an excellent work on Santos-Dumont's life as a pioneer of aviation. Santos-Dumont the biggest Brazilian hero after Tiradents (Joaquim José da Silva Xavier) really deserves that documentary on his work as an inventor. 2006 is the year of Santos-Dumont 100th birthday and that documentary came out just in the right time. I love the photography and the historical facts on Santos-Dumont madness to fly. Excellent reproduction of the 14 BIS flight by a Brazilian admirer of Santos. So bad they use a voice with a French accent not with a Brazilian accent. Santos-Dumont mother language was PORTUGUESE not FRENCH. If you don't mind hearing a Brazilian speaking with a FRENCH ACCENT not with a PORTUGUESE LANGUAGE ACCENT you will love this documentary. Excellent!!!!
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I saw this DVD and decided I had to own it. I have very much enjoyed it. It tells a wonderful story about the early days of aviation. I'm happy I own a copy. These pilots were crazy. Thanks. Sincerely, Rick L.
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Excellent historic documentary ,based on Paul Hoffman's book, about the charming invetor,pilot , balloonist and adventurer Santos Dumont . Santos is regarded as the inventor of airplane , by most brazilians , since he was the first man to design , build and fly a heavier than air engine-self-propelled airplane , making it's first flight in front of a great audience which included international press , industry and business tycoons and comonn people in a pre-determined date and hour, taking off with no extra mechanical aid of any kind. And all this on the most romantic scenery of Paris - France and in the most romantic times , between the late 1800's and early 1900's. Wings of Madness is a great tribute to this historic character and aviation pioneer .
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By Susie on January 10, 2014
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Loved this book. Good to see this American author writing about Santos Dumont. It's about time to give value to this incredible Brazilian aviator. For many, he is considered the true father of aviation. Wonderful job.
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