Baron Manfred von Richthofen is the most feared and celebrated pilot of the German air force in World War I. To him and his companions, air combats are events of sporty nature, technical challenge and honorable acting, ignoring the terrible extent of war. But after falling in love with the nurse Käte, Manfred realizes he is only used for propaganda means. Caught between his disgust for the war, and the responsibility for his fighter wing, von Richthofen sets out to fly again. Written by
The nurse Käte Otersdorf in the film was a real person and she was the nurse who attended to Richthofen after he received the head wound. There were several photographs (probably taken for propaganda purposes) in which she was shown with Richthofen, often together with a large group of other people. There was, however, never any evidence or even suggestion that there was a love affair between them. See more »
This is an excellent movie which indeed does not align with the image which has been forced upon us for years where you almost drown in the stereo types like these are the good and bad ones, the WW1 air battle was fought this way, people were dying this or that way, Germans have to be portrait as brutal and unromantic, etc. Notwithstanding that WW1 was a most brutal war and there should be no second thought about that however this particular German movie portrays in an intimate and human way the walks of one of their own famous officers. In this light it is almost understandable that some viewers are turned off by this surprisingly humane and emotional way this movie has been filmed. I really got mesmerized in a positive way watching this movie which for me turned out to be one of the best movies depicting this special breed of early combat pilots whatever side they fought and gave it a well deserved 10 out of 10.
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