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Flying Padre (1951)

Flying Padre




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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 mono-plane. The priestly pilot is seen dashing from one province to the next at the helm of his trusty Piper Club administering guidance (his plane, the Flying Padre) to unruly children, sermonizing at funerals and flying a sickly child and its mother to a hospital.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary
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Minor, mild early effort from Stanley Kubrick.

Full Review… | December 10, 2009

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Probably the best of the short documentaries made by Kubrick before he began his career in feature filmmaking. It follows the life of a Priest in New Mexico who has a plane and flies from one problem to the next in order to help the members of his parish, who seem to be spread out all over the area. It is a really bizarre little story. It is still kind of hard to watch these old documentaries with nothing but some mundane music, a narrator, and some sound effects. I would have loved to here the subject talk, or some of the people he is flying too...instead we have this newsreel narration telling us what is going on.

Ken Scheck

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