austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

How many times must the cannon balls fly

So as mentioned when we went to Ann Arbor we saw Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises, in the screening room. And it was just a beautiful, amazing movie. I don't think it's just that well-done traditional animation is wonderful and it's good seeing more of it. (Among the wonderful bits I didn't consciously notice until bunny_hugger pointed it out is that the characters' hair moves semi-independently of the characters, giving even simple walking more life, and makes emotional scenes far more exciting.)

The story is inspired by Jiro Horikoshi, designer of multiple of Mitsubishi's planes from the 30s and 40s, although Wikipedia suggests that his personal side is largely made up, which is probably signalled to the more alert in the audience by references to Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain in a couple scenes set in a sanatorium. I'm also not sure about the professional side, the story of going to work at Mitsubishi and having mixed success in Naval design competitions, although both sides of the story feel plausible. I admit I was more interested in the engineering-story side of things, but that's just because of the kind of person I am. Plus you don't get to see enough of people trying to build stuff that's just a bit outside what they're really able to do. (I did at least catch that the appearances of Count Caproni and of Hugo Junkers were, well, not obviously against historical fact.)

There are some awesome pieces, the most captivating to me being a depiction of the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923. It surely shows what it felt like to be in the earthquake. There's many more moments of gentle, quiet beauty, and flights of fancy that just make being an interwar airplane designer just feel like so clearly the right thing to be.

Trivia: Along with the 1.37 million Pintos recalled in June 1978 some 30,000 Bobcats --- the Mercury line's version of the subcompact --- were recalled. Source: Ford: The Men And The Machine, Robert Lacey.

Currently Reading: Europe, 1914 - 1939, F Lee Benns, Mary Elisabeth Seldon.


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