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Dark Blue World Review


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Dark Blue World refers to lyrics in the tune a piano-playing pilot attempts to learn. It's the favorite song of a fallen comrade, and one that the musically-inclined soldier feels obligated to play at his friend's funeral. This selfless act perfectly captures the feelings of camaraderie and the bonds of friendship felt between the film's main characters, which serve as the glue holding this WWII saga together.

The men involved are air force members from the Czech Republic who've escaped Nazi occupation of their homeland and now fight for the Allied forces in the British patrol. Their leader, Franta Slama (Ondrej Vetchý), amiably directs his troops in a casual, European manner. You sense he'd much rather be their friend than superior, and his closest relationship forms with up-and-coming pilot Karel (Krystof Hádek). Their friendship, unfortunately, isn't long for this world.

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