Conquest of the Air (1936)
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Great British Composers on Film
6. Conquest of the Air (1936)
Commissioned by the government's Air Ministry, this documentary followed man's attempts to fly from ancient times, through the first balloons and pioneering aviators, using dramatic re-enactment and working models of early flying machines. Bliss firmly believed that film music should be able to stand alone and his Conquest of the Air score, which included a 12-minute suite, went on to be popular in concerts.