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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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Dark Blue World Review


Weak

Parallel themes of honor, freedom and love run side-by-side through the World War II air war-and-amour melodrama "Dark Blue World." But the picture's stale and flimsy romance sends this otherwise stunning and profound combat story into an unrecoverable tailspin.

A fictionalized account of heroic Czechoslovakian pilots who escaped the invading Nazis and fled to England to join the Royal Air Force, the film is seen through the eyes of one such pilot who returned home after the war only to be imprisoned under a dictate from the USSR. The post-war Czech puppet government feared he and other freedom fighters might rise up against the iron fist of communism.

Part of the plot takes place in a prison hospital in 1950, where weary war hero Slama (Ondrej Vetchy) has been taken after collapsing from exhaustion while working in the stockade's factory. Here he recounts his war days to a sympathetic doctor, a former SS agent burdened with guilt about his role in Nazi atrocities.

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