Film (1932). UFA. Directed by Karl Hartl. Written by Walter Reisch, Kurt Siodmak, based on F.P.1 Antwortet Nicht (1932) by Siodmak. Cast includes Hans Albers, Paul Hartmann, Peter Lorre and Sybille Schmitz. 111 minutes. Black and white.
F.P.1 has been described as being in the tradition of Metropolis (1926) and Die Frau im Mond (1929), but Karl Hartl was no Fritz Lang. It is a slow-moving film about the construction of a giant floating runway (Flugzeug Platform 1) to be moored in mid-Atlantic for refuelling transatlantic flights, but is actually more concerned with a tedious love triangle. The story is about an intrepid aviator who sees flight as a near-mystical experience (see Pax Aeronautica), and about sabotage and noble renunciations – all Pulp-magazine materials, but with none of the slickness or verve of similar Hollywood films of the period. At great expense a flying platform was actually built for the film, on the island of Oie. The same production team made Gold (1934).
An English version (see F.P.1 Doesn't Answer) and a French one, starring Charles Boyer, were made of F.P.1 at the same time as the German version. [JB/PN]
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