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BMZ Review: To Fly!
By Ross Anthony


Flight Game
Written by: Ross Anthony
Source: Ross Anthony's Hollywood Report Card
Date: November 2003


Category: Reviews

Undoubtedly an "A" film in the 1970's, I screened this film in 2003 (for the second time). In retrospect, the film still spools a bit with the feel of documentaries made a decade before it.

Opening with a hokey reenactment of an early 1800's hot air balloon launch, the film inserts inconsistently stationary close shots of the balloonist. The basket, supposedly a float, doesn't move -- likewise the clouds behind.

The production dips into hokey recreation scenes from time to time, presenting to some degree the development of flying machines throughout a period of time -- ending with a rocket launch (and by 2003 standards, some unrealistic model space craft shots). But noticeably missing (among other aviation contributors) -- any mention in audio or visual of the Wright brothers or their flyers.

Included: barnstorming, hang-gliding, and a gorgeous breathtaking spin with the Blue Angels. In fact, the film is at its best up in the clouds -- taking you with it on rides above the beautiful countryside. (Interestingly enough, as a testament to its pre-p.c. creation, one shot captures from above a group of young people skinny-dipping in a rural river).

All in good fun and flight, the film is still amusing and informative (on a basic level). If you enjoy flight films check out "Silent Sky."

Grade..........................B+ (2.5/4)

To Fly. Copyright © 1976. 27 minutes.
Directed by Jim Freeman.
Produced by Greg MacGillivray at MacGillivray/Freeman.

Copyright © 2003. 
Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia.  For more reviews visit:

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