The Red Baron
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Baron Manfred von Richthofen (MATTHIAS SCHWEIGHOFER) is the crack pilot of the German aerial combat forces a legend in his own time, a hero at home and a man both feared and respected by the enemy, including Allied Forces Canadian pilot, Captain Roy Brown (JOSEPH FIENNES). He and his fellow officers, Lieutenants Voss (TIL SCHWEIGER), Sternberg (MAXIM MEHMET) and Lehmann (HANNO KOFFLER) see their duels in the sky as tactical, almost sportsmanlike, clever challenges that, at least at first, obscure their view of the horrors of the battlefields below. And the provocative red paint job of his Fokker aircraft earns him the nickname The Red Baron.
Unwittingly, he allows the German high command to manipulate his chivalrous code of honor and misuse him for propaganda purposes until the young pilot falls in love with Kate (LENA HEADEY), a beautiful and resolute nurse who opens his eyes to the tragic fact that there is more to war than dogfights won and adversaries downed. Baron von Richthofen finally becomes aware of his role in the propaganda machine of a senseless and barbarous war.
With a torn heart, despite the heavy losses in his squadron and his disgust for the war and his responsibility to his fighter wing, von Richthofen cannot help but fly. But even for this living legend, each new combat mission could be his last...
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First off, everything was here for them to make the end-all fantastic movie about the life of Manfred Von Richtofen. They built 23 Albatros and Fokker airplanes for this film for pity's sake! Then, all of the flying, apparently, is done using green screen and CG technology - there is no "real" flying in the movie. Watch the extra features, they show how this was done - I was stunned.
On the plus side, this movie is far better than "Flyboys" which was just horrible. On the downside, I have no idea who this movie's about, because it darn sure isn't about Manfred Von Richthofen. The only things they got right here are that he was German and he had a red airplane - other than that, they made everything else up from scratch. His friendship with Werner Voss is touched upon, but only because they use Voss (shamefully) to push along the pointless and fictional love story between Richthofen and a nurse who seems to be everywhere. The actual careers of the pilots themselves is entirely glossed over.Read more ›
If you're a military history or history buff, you should nonetheless enjoy this, even if it has you cringeing at the lost potential of this film.
First of all, it was done in Englsh. I thought, at least, that they would work a bilingual film on us. Second, I was downheartned by the story choices made by the filmmaker. I understand dramatic license, so I was willing to overlook the contrived multiple personal meetings between Richthofen and Capt. Roy Brown. I was even willing to suspend my disbelief and accept that he had an affair with his nurse. It was good to see Werner Voss in his sweater tinkering round in the repair shop. I know that Richthofen wore a turtleneck sweater on the flightline. I just wish his characterization had a little more formality to it. It even had Richthofen greet the Chief of the German Air Service, General Von Hoeppner, casually attired (tsk,tsk). What I can't forgive is the gratuitous passing over of the final showdown in the air. Whichever way the filmmaker chose to end it, either being shot down by Brown or by anti-aircraft fire from the ground, I just wanted to see what they would do.Read more ›
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This film has an amazing visual impact. It reminds us how young and how cultured the pilots in World War l were. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Yohann Tsiro
From history I've read about The Red Baron, the movie seemed quite realistic.Published 15 days ago by 76
Interesting bit of info about a legend, cursed widely by Snoopy.Published 15 days ago by Hartley Alexander
This movie is a very good historical work. The characters are very well developed and do an excellent job of providing the feel of the WWI Fighter Pilots. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Avid Reader