October 20, 2017
Free Tickets Required
14390 Air and Space Museum Pkwy, Chantilly , VA 20151
Hollywood Goes to War: WWI on the Big Screen: "The Blue Max"
The Blue Max picks up the genre of World War I flying movies laid down in 1930 by The Dawn Patrol and Hell’s Angels but brings a new complexity to the protagonist flying ace. In this version of the aviation war film, the lead character is more antihero, dominated by a thirst for personal glory at all cost and a lack of respect from his comrades in arms. Yet, he is found useful by the high command for propaganda to build morale on the home front. Filmed before the days of computer-generated action scenes, the real flying sequences are among the best ever put on film. A half-century old, The Blue Max still holds up as visually striking and compelling drama.
Free tickets are required and can be requested starting July 7, 2017. This film will also be shown at the same time at our location in Washington, DC.