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Flying Padre (1951)

Approved | | Documentary, Short | 23 March 1951 (USA)
Two days in the life of priest Father Fred Stadtmuller whose New Mexico parish is so large he can only spread goodness and light among his flock with the aid of a monoplane. The priestly ... See full summary »

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Two days in the life of priest Father Fred Stadtmuller whose New Mexico parish is so large he can only spread goodness and light among his flock with the aid of a monoplane. The priestly pilot is seen dashing from one province to the next at the helm of his trusty Piper Cub administering guidance (his plane, the Flying Padre) to unruly children, sermonizing at funerals and flying a sickly child and its mother to a hospital. Written by Matt Pugh <pughganet@hotmail.com>

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Narrator: There's no brass band here, no cheering crowds, no newspaper men clamoring for a headline - just an ambulance driver, an anxious mother, a sick baby and their priest.
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Well, everybody has to start somewhere!
17 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

This film was made by Stanley Kubrick when he was twenty-four years old. He accepted the job -- a nine-minute short feature about a New Mexico-based priest -- solely for money, as -- at the time -- he was a struggling up-and-comer who had yet to direct the classic "Paths of Glory" (1957) that would officially put him on the map as a big-time movie-maker.

However, everyone has to start somewhere, and some of his film-making techniques CAN be spotted here -- even this early. It's from 1951 but you can notice some irreverent techniques that wouldn't typically have been used around that time period -- and when the priest is in the church at the alter, check out the angle Kubrick takes to show the layout -- he stands back to the left of the priest in a really awkward position.

Is this worth watching? Only for Kubrick completists. As a short feature it's simply quite average, but it will surely grab the interest of any Kubrick Addicts out there who have a hunger for everything Stanley Kubrick.


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