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Music director  Arthur Bliss
Country  United Kingdom
6.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama, History
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Language  English
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Director  Zoltan Korda John Monk Saunders Alexander Esway William Cameron Menzies Alexander Shaw Peter Bezencenet
Release date  December 1936 (UK) 20 May 1940 (US release of revised edition)
Writer  Peter Bezencenet (commentary), Hugh Gray (commentary), John Monk Saunders, Antoine de Saint-Exupery (stories)
Initial release  December 1936 (United Kingdom)
Directors  Zoltan Korda, John Monk Saunders, Alexander Esway
Screenplay  John Monk Saunders, Hugh Gray, Peter Bezencenet
Cast  Frederick Culley (Roger Bacon), Laurence Olivier (Vincent Lunardi), Franklin Dyall (Jerome de Ascoli), Henry Victor (Otto Lilienthal), Hay Petrie (Tiberius Cavallo), John Turnbull (Von Zeppelin)
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Conquest of the air


Conquest of the Air is a 1936 documentary film or docudrama on the history of aviation, until the early stages of World War II. The film features historical footage, and dramatic re-creations, of the developments of commercial and military aviation; including the early stages of technology developments in design, propulsion, and air navigation aids. The film was a London Films production, commissioned by the Air Ministry of the British Government.

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Production background

The film was initially commissioned by Alexander Korda prior to the advent of World War II, and the Air Ministry saw the value in promoting Britain's contribution and leadership in aviation during this period. Some notable footage is featured of the early phases of automated flight, navigational equipment, and the transitions between civil and military developments, including heavy bombers; fast fighter aircraft; and the advent of naval aviation (aircraft carrier), plus the initial experiments with vertical rotary flight (helicopters).

An updated version was released in 1940 and released in the United States on 20 May 1940.

References

Conquest of the Air Wikipedia
Conquest of the Air IMDb Conquest of the Air themoviedb.org


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