chapter  4
An American Romance (1944)
Pages 22

It takes 151 minutes from the arrival of the ship until the first birds promising the land of rescue can be seen. With this, the film ends. Our romance with America can now begin.

The birds of King Vidor’s series of V-formations are made of steel. We have seen the big star on the side of each plane before; now, with countless stars flying over our heads, we are reassured. The future is in good hands. The patriotic pattern which is drawn in the sky – the lines of stars moving forward, building a spiritual roof – combines the principle of the carrier pigeon and its good news with the air-force bomber and its power to deliver the message. The notice it sends to the enemy is ‘The End’.