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Dark Blue World (2001)

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Shines where others have failed

  • Jun 18, 2010
This is one of the best War Movies in later days and shines where others have failed. It goes a long way to show that a big budget does not always produce the best results. A good story is always better.

In the main it is a story of Czech airmen, once driven out of their home they end up flying for the RAF. It has plenty of human interest and is well told on many levels, there is humor to be found and great sadness. There is also a love story and a triangle but this time it is very well done. It is like watching how horribly Pearl Harbor failed.

The Spitfires are wonderful to watch and there is great attention to detail, like falling cartridges from the planes.

I recommend it on every level.

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review by . June 02, 2002
Not having heard of this film when it was overshadowed in general theatrical release by the usual Hollywood offerings, I discovered the joys of DARK BLUE WORLD from the DVD version. What a revelation! Not only is the story fine and more than worth telling (based as it is on fact), but the simple technique that director Jan Sverak uses (and further explains in the enhanced information on the DVD)makes this small movie innovative on many levels. Paying homage to the fact that the story reports the …
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Director Jan Sverák'sDark Blue Worldembraces sentimentality with such brio it is hard to resist. The film relays the little-known WWII story of Czech fighter pilots who escaped the Nazi occupation of their country to fight in Britain's Royal Air Force. Those who survived the battles were placed in work camps upon their return home by a then-entrenched, paranoid Communist regime. Sverák (Kolya) tacks back and forth between Franta (Ondrej Vetchy), a worldly captain in the defunct Czech Air Force, and Karel (Krystof Hádek), his earnest young recruit, as they leave home to fight the enemy on foreign soil. Only one returns to tell his story, from a prison hospital bed. While enduring life in the RAF with fellow Czech pilots, Franta and Karel manage to fall in love with the same woman, learn English, swing dance, recite poems, sing rousing Czech songs, and perform heroic feats. Dogfights in the air and inevitable losses ensue, but it is the genuine camaraderie evoked by a gifted cast of Czech actors that saves the film from effusive excess. Like a charismatic captain steeling his company before battle, Sverák can't resist indulging romantic clichés, but his actors, in their fresh intensity, are more than up to the task set before them.--Fionn Meade
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Genre: Foreign
DVD Release Date: May 28, 2002
Runtime: 112 minutes
Studio: Sony Pictures
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