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Adventures in the sky: the first «Best movie» Academy Award.

Jack Powell is a young man passionate about motorsport. His neighbor, Mary Preston, is madly in love with him but he does not pay any attention to her because he is in love with Sylvia, herself in love with the wealthy David Armstrong. When the United States engage in the First World War, Jack and David join the Air Force to fight in France, and they soon become close friend. Mary, meanwhile, joins the Women's Motor Corp to get closer to Jack...

The Battle of Saint-Mihiel, in the Meuse, where U.S. troops have been heavily involved in 1918, forms the backdrop of the scenario.

A mix of melodrama and grand spectacle, “Wings“ is the last great film of the silent era. As Douglas Fairbanks defined the grammar of swashbuckler movies, William Wellman gave its nobility to a genre that would become essential in the theatres: the war film. The prowess of the fight scenes and spectacular aerial choreography give this story of friendship, love, brotherhood and heroism a genuine epic scope.

Wellman plays his career with this production and we are seeing here, undeniably, the emergence of a great director, not only because of his ability to master an oftent complex staging, but also by the care he provides to intimate scenes, the most tragic of them being treated with the decency of a man who has himself been in combat as an aviator.

In 1997, “Wings“ was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant".


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