Fliegende Schatten (Flying Shadows) was filmed during an expedition to Central Africa. Most of the film is shot from the sky, courtesy of Udet, a famous German aviator. Udet and his fellow explorers journey past the Mediterranean, down the Nile, above the Pyramids and into the African interior. Most of the images consist of the local wildlife, though the film also contains the obligatory tribal rituals and celebrations. In hopes of adding a bit of drama to the proceedings, the scriptwriters contrive to have Udet rescue a beautiful aviatrix when her plane crashes near a South African native village (neither she nor the natives seem particularly excited by all this). Fliegande Schatten was assembled under the supervision of Dr. Arnold Fanck, the father of the German "mountain film" genre.
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