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NOVA - Who Killed the Red Baron?
NOVA - Who Killed the Red Baron
Director: Peter Nicholson
Genres: Indie & Art House, Television, Educational, Documentary, Mystery & Suspense
NR     2004     1hr 0min

Studio: Wgbh Wholesale Release Date: 01/06/2004 Run time: 60 minutes


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Director: Peter Nicholson
Genres: Indie & Art House, Television, Educational, Documentary, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Television, Educational, Biography, Military History, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: WGBH Boston
Format: DVD - Color,Letterboxed - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 01/06/2004
Original Release Date: 01/01/2003
Theatrical Release Date: 00/00/2003
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 0min
Screens: Color,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Tracking the Baron
J. S. Kaminski | Aberdeen, NJ United States | 06/16/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Telling three stories in one, "Who Killed the Red Baron?" is another excellent episode of Nova. The program traces Baron Manfred Von Richthofen's life from childhood, when he was taught to hunt by his father from an early age. When a young man Richthofen joins the cavalry but, after the advent of trench warfare renders horses obsolete, finds his destiny with the fledgling German Air Force. The program also follows the evolution of aerial combat, beginning with pilots shooting small arms from the cockpit to the vicious "dog fights" and "flying circuses" that were commonplace by the end of the Great War.Finally, the title question is tackled: who did kill the Red Baron? It has often been assumed that a British pilot named Roy Brown was responsible, but some forensic evidence has cast doubt on that conclusion. It now seems likely that Richthofen was felled, not by another pilot, but, by ground fire from an Australian unit as he passed overhead that fateful day.Exactly who fired the fatal shot, we'll probably never know; however, the show presents two of the most likely possibilities and lets the viewer draw his own conclusions.Excellent camera work and flight recreations round out this fine program. Four stars!"
Interesting but not conclusive
Mavis Enderby | Sherwood Park, AB Can | 03/22/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Although I found this most interesting and informative, I was rather disappointed to find that it did not state conclusively who had fired the fatal round. Verdict: a good attempt, but still speculative."