Tonight’s film marks the initiation of a new monthly series, “Wordless Wednesdays,” in which we’ll highlight some of the most remarkable and influential silent films ever made.
(1927) dir William A. Wellman w/Clara Bow, Charles ‘Buddy’ Rogers, Richard Arlen, Gary Cooper [139 min]
“It Girl” Clara Bow loves Buddy Rogers, but Buddy – and buddy Richard Arlen – love planes; all get their fill when the US of A enters WWI. The very first Best Picture Academy Award-winner is a super-spectacle, with hair-raising aerial footage matched with massive battle recreations – its authenticity guaranteed by real-life Great War flyboy vets, including director Wellman, star Arlen, and screenwriter John Monk Saunders – and a star-making cameo by Gary Cooper. – notes from the Film Forum, NYC