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Library Journal
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The first movie to receive an Academy Award for Best Picture, in 1929, "Wild Bill" Wellman's high-flying World War I drama gets a glorious restoration to celebrate its 85th anniversary. Originally released as a road-show spectacle in 1927, Wings tells the story of two close friends (Charles "Buddy" Rogers and Richard Arlen) who go off to war, leaving behind a particularly winsome girl-next-door-type (Clara Bow). With its groundbreaking aerial stunt work, this wartime romance (featuring a brief but memorable cameo by Gary Cooper) puts to shame a lot of modern films relying on digital effects. VERDICT Accompanied by a soaring orchestral score, this is a silent picture with wide appeal, especially given audience appetites whetted by the success of The Artist. The big making-of extra Wings: Grandeur in the Sky further makes the case for this release taking classic-film revival of the year honors.-Jeff T. Dick, Davenport, IA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Library Journal
(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

The first movie to receive an Academy Award for Best Picture, in 1929, "Wild Bill" Wellman's high-flying World War I drama gets a glorious restoration to celebrate its 85th anniversary. Originally released as a road-show spectacle in 1927, Wings tells the story of two close friends (Charles "Buddy" Rogers and Richard Arlen) who go off to war, leaving behind a particularly winsome girl-next-door-type (Clara Bow). With its groundbreaking aerial stunt work, this wartime romance (featuring a brief but memorable cameo by Gary Cooper) puts to shame a lot of modern films relying on digital effects. VERDICT Accompanied by a soaring orchestral score, this is a silent picture with wide appeal, especially given audience appetites whetted by the success of The Artist. The big making-of extra Wings: Grandeur in the Sky further makes the case for this release taking classic-film revival of the year honors.-Jeff T. Dick, Davenport, IA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.