The Spirit of St. Louis

The Spirit of St. Louis

DVD - 2006
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From barnstormer to flying-circus wing walker to air-mail pilot, Charles Augustus Lindbergh assaulted the beckoning skies like a lovestruck kid. On May 21, 1927, his affair with the air propelled him into 20th-century legend. That day he landed his single-engine plane at Le Bourget Field outside Paris, following takeoff 33 1/2 hours earlier from Roosevelt Field, New York.
Publisher: [United States] : Warner Home Video, 2006
Edition: Widescreen ed
ISBN: 9781419833946
1419833944
Branch Call Number: DVD SPIRIT
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (135 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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akirakato
Sep 06, 2018

Directed by Billy Wilder in 1957 based on Lindbergh's 1953 autobiographical account of his historic flight, this American docudrama depicts Lindbergh's lengthy preparation for and finally his history-making transatlantic flight in the purpose-built high-wing monoplane.
Intertwined with his early episodes as an air mail pilot and a fledging flight cadet, the action-packed drama would lift you right out of your seat.
The film ends with actual newsreel footage of Lindbergh's ticker tape parade in New York.
If you're an aviation buff, this is a must-see.

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ManMachine
Jul 02, 2018

Released in 1957 - "The Spirit of St. Louis" was a fairly entertaining bio-picture that closely covered the events that surrounded aviator, Charles Lindbergh's historical, trans-Atlantic flight (from New York to Paris) back in 1927.

As I understand it - (director) Billy Wilder made a deliberate point of creating a film of simple, straightforward realism that stuck to the facts about Lindbergh and his world-celebrated flight.

Here Lindbergh was presented as being a very real person who was repeatedly faced with many daunting challenges and doubts about his overall ability as a flyer.

It was actor, James Stewart who played the Lindbergh character.

And, even though Stewart was 50 years old at the time (playing a man half his age) - His sincere and believable portrayal was enough for me, as a viewer, to be quite satisfied watching him go through his paces in this dramatic production.

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Onewhoissaved
Nov 12, 2017

I saw this film when it came out in 1957. It thought it was terrific and it still is pretty good. America was much more patriotic and appreciative of its heros than today's Liberals and Left-wingers permit. James Stewart was himself a Brigadier General in the U.S. Air Force Reserves. The film is 2hrs and 15 minutes long but no one thought it too long. Charles Lindberg's feat of solo flying across the Atlantic was a once in a life-time occurrence. The entire world honored him. He was honored by having the dance named 'the Lyndy' after him. This film probably looks ancient to today's audience with cell phones and electric cars and the internet but to the audiences of 1957 it was very meaningful.

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garycornell
Jul 28, 2014

"The Spirit of St. Louis" is another buried treasure in the KCLS. There are 2 copies in circulation and only one copy out. As of today, July 28, 2014, there is only one KCLS patron comment from aaa5756 of A+ for a review. I will add five stars and my hope that the story of Charles Lindbergh will not be forgotten. At the time, the whole world listened on radio as he attempted to fly from New York to Paris. James Stewart plays Charles Lindbergh with a terrific performance. I felt like I was up in the plane with him. I really hope more KCLS patrons get a chance to see this classic either for the first time or as I did, look at it again with pride in the accomplishment of a single man.

Red_Sox Feb 16, 2013

Jimmy on his usual game here.

aaa5756 Nov 07, 2011

A++ dvd

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