dir. Howard Hughes, US, 1930, 35mm, 127 min. b/w
An early cinematic epic made just after the transition from silent film to sound, Hell’s Angels remains one of the best films set during the first World War. Howard Hughes, himself a pilot, went to great and tragic lengths to capture the aerial fight scenes that some say inspired the outer space battles in George Lucas’ Star Wars. More than just an accurate depiction of WWI aviation, Hell’s Angels is a powerful wartime drama and an excellent example of what has come to be known as the Hollywood blockbuster.