It is reportedly the first German sound film and when it was made the filmmakers simultaneously made a superior German language version and an English language version. It was made towards the end of the Weimar Republic period and contains many of the characteristics of German Expressionism, a style that dominated the era, in particular the fantasy, horror and science fiction films.
The casting of George Peppard in the mainly international ensemble cast was considered a "safe" choice, as he was establishing a reputation for leading roles in action films.
Although youthful looking, at 37 years of age, he was much older than the Stachel depicted in the novel. Peppard wanted to create an "authentic" performance and learned to fly, earned a private pilot's license and did some of his own flying in the film,  although stunt pilot Derek Piggott was at the controls for the under-the-bridge scene.
Novel[ edit ] Jack Hunter's debut The blue max movie analysis was published in The New York Times called it "entertaining". The film differs from the book on which it is based both in the plot and the portrayal of the characters.
Some of the differences are: The movie portrays Stachel initially as an idealistic, humble, and naive man who evolves into someone willing to do whatever it takes to get his way. He is also depicted as being insecure about his lower-class background and desires to prove himself an equal aviator and man to the aristocrats by earning the Blue Max.
The vain attempt by Stachel to confirm his first kill is only found in the film. There is also no confrontation with Heidemann who takes a swift dislike to Stachel over claiming aircraft that Willi had shot down.
Stachel was played by a year-old George Peppard, in stark contrast to the year-old character of the novel. From the beginning of the novel, Stachel is a deeply troubled alcoholic with a penchant for lying.
Obsessed with earning the last of the new Fokker D. VIIshe kills Willi to obtain it. In the novel Heidemann exhibits an immediate favouritism toward the newcomer, and credits Stachel with his first victories while Kettering, the squadron adjutant, refuses to comply until Heidemann orders him to do so.
At the end of the novel, Heidemann reveals that he has been secretly boosting Stachel's achievements as part of an experiment in publicity management. Stachel earns his Blue Max not from 20 victories, but by destroying three aircraft and capturing one after Heidemann's guns jam.
Stachel is so drunk, he cannot even recall the engagement.
He is also honoured for saving the life of a French girl who falls into a river. Heidemann's deep longing to be with his wife and her growing depression over his absence are more subtle in the movie than in the book. In the novel, Heidemann does not accuse Stachel of brutality in the shooting down of the British aircraft over their airfield.
He regards Stachel as the best pilot in the Jasta after himself, and has already planned to assign Stachel one of the new Fokker D. In the novel, Heidemann not General von Klugermann is the one who recognises the propaganda value of building Stachel up into a hero and uses this as a means to get himself reassigned to Berlin, to be near his wife.
Willi is described as a "fat aristocrat" in the book who has only one victory more than Stachel. In the film, Willi is leaner, more arrogant and competitive and earns a Blue Max shortly after Stachel's arrival. In the book, Willi regards Stachel as a close friend, and his affair with Kaeti is revealed only after his death when Stachel reads his journal.
Unlike the movie, they are never rivals for her affection. In the movie, Willi is accidentally killed in an aerial competition with Stachel over who is the better pilot. In the movie, the count is a career General-Oberst in the German Army.
In the novel, his title is Graf and he is a famous surgeon who has researched alcoholism and other addictions. In the film, General von Klugermann recognises the social turmoil erupting in Germany and presents Stachel as a lower-class hero. Doctor von Klugermann, an aristocrat, recognises the unfair nature of Germany's class system — something he disapproves of, but makes no effort to change.
Kaeti's character in the book and film are similar. Both characters deftly employ sexuality to get what they want. Later, she blackmails Stachel to marry her by threatening to reveal his murder of Willi and two British pilots.
In the film, she proposes that Stachel run away with her to Switzerland, something he refuses to do. For this slight, she exposes Stachel's lies.
Her husband, the General, then sends Stachel to his death in an unstable aircraft to preserve the honour of the officer corps.
In both the novel and the film, Elfi is a nurse stationed in Berlin. In the book, Elfi is an alcoholic who overcomes her addiction with the assistance of Doctor von Klugermann. Stachel recognises Elfi as his kindred spirit, and after Heidemann's death, seeks to form a relationship with her.
Rupp has only a minor role in the movie.Starring George Peppard, James Mason and Ursula Andress, it tells the story of a German pilot trying to earn the coveted Blue Max medal for reaching twenty enemy kills – a Hollywood movie telling the story from the German perspective was a bold move at the time, and would indeed be pretty unlikely even today.
The Blue Max is a war movie directed by John Guillermin. Set in Germany between and , the film chronicles the life of Bruno Stachel, a ruthless young pilot of humble origins, as he strives to win Imperial Germany's highest military decoration - the "Blue Max" of the title.8/10(1).
The tactics of a German fighter pilot offend his aristocratic comrades but win him his country's most honored medal, the Blue Max. The General finds him useful as a hero even though his wife also finds him useful as a love object.
The Blue Max is a British color motion picture filmed in Ireland. The story is about a very handsome young German who has spent two years as an enlisted soldier in the infantry at the Western Front in World War I. makes a cameo as the legendary Red Baron (what's a WWI aerial movie without the Red Baron?).
They don't make 'em like /5(). The crew of The Blue Max not only built and flew their own air forces, they earned $5 million (about $37 million today) at the box office doing it.
TV Guide said the film “impressively captures the reality of war in the trenches and in the air.”. The Blue Max is a British color motion picture filmed in Ireland. The story is about a very handsome young German who has spent two years as an enlisted soldier in the infantry at the Western Front in World War I/5().