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Spirit of St Louis [VHS]
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I think all young people should be made to see this stunning film not only for inspiration but about learning to believe in themselves to achieve their fondest dreams. Billy Wilder was the greatest film director of his time and I wish all students of Film and Drama and all movie lovers get to see and enjoy this beautiful film. I promise you it will remain in your mind for a long long time.
Billy Wilder loved to entertain the masses and he truly had the midas touch in eliciting the finest performances from his Actors, if you don't believe me just see his films and judge for yourself.
Long live Billy Wilder the "Emperor of Film Directors" through the medium of films.
On May 20, 1927, at approximately 7:52 in the morning, Charles Lindbergh took off in the "Spirit of St Louis" from Roosevelt Field, Long Island. A crowd of more than 500 must have thought they had witnessed a miracle as the "Spirit of St. Louis" barely managed to clear the telephone wires at the field's edge in terrible weather conditions. Thirty-three and one half-hours and 3,500 miles later Lindbergh landed in Paris, the first to fly the Atlantic alone. Many great aviators of the time had tried and failed -- some even lost their lives in this attempt. Along the way, Lindbergh is forced to conquer his fears, snow, sleet and a lack of sleep to rediscover his faith. On the evening of May 21, at 10:22, "The Spirit of St. Louis" touched down at Le Bourget Field. A crowd of more than 100,000 people were there to greet American's Lone Eagle. His feat electrified a nation and inspired an interest in aviation. Unfortunately, this film flopped at the box office; but as the years have passed, this film has gained in respect and is now recognized as one of Stewart's greatest film accomplishments. Enjoy!
After seeing the film I read both "We" and the "Spirit of St. Louis." The movie is surprisingly close to the latter.
I am glad we have a Cinemascope Dolby 5.1 version of this personal classic. I don't know WHY this film flopped in 1957, but I think Stewart's age had less to do with it than others are saying. Had it been made 10 years earlier, it would not have been Cinemascope, the sound would have suffered, and Billy Wilder might not have directed. I wouldn't want to give those things up to have Stewart be the "right" age.
It's a great film played by an actor passionate about the part and it tells a great story. ....another case where the ticket-buying-public didn't get it right.
On the surface recounts the famous 1927 flight of Charles Lindbergh - the first successful TransAtlantic crossing via airplane; fulfilling the dream of quickly bridging Europe to The Americas and vastly expanding global commerce and communication. The same dream that had killed or seriously injured more than a dozen courageous pilots prior to Lindy's successful attempt.
But this movie is so much more than a docudrama, it's a film that defines understated heroism - the heart of adventure without the sappy sentimental tropes of so many productions. Simultaneously showcasing the impact one person can produce when they have a singular focus and belief. That, coupled with exquisitely rich Technicolor cinematography, captures the compelling story of Lindbergh's death-defying journey over the open ocean.
Suspect younger audiences, even if they were to screen the film, will never fully appreciate the sheer terror that these early aviators faced. There was no rescue plan, no back-up, no hope of being saved. In volunteering to undertake this challenge - death was the end result for many. What happened to Charles Nungesser and Francois Coli, competitors of Lindbergh who are mentioned in the film, has never been solved. The team along with their plane, The White Bird, was never found and is considered one of aviation's longest unanswered mysteries.
Outside of our armed forces, you just don't see that kind of bravery anymore.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I decided to get this film because I got curious about Lindbergh's translatlantic flight and I couldn't find the details of the journey anywhere on the internet. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Wandering Cloud
My kids and I loved watching this after reading up on Charles Lindbergh.Published 22 days ago by Kristi Long
Jimmy Stewart was too old to play Lindbergh but did a great job playing the role of a pilot. My husband, Dan watched this film 8+ times☺️Published 1 month ago by Paula L. Rempp
You gotta watch this. It's old, but Jimmy Stewart was never in a bad movie. A great event for America, first to fly solo across the ocean New York to Paris. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Eryn
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