Carl Reiner Revisits a Movie He First Watched in 1927

Last night at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, there was a special screening of a restored version of original Best Picture co-winner Wings. The 1927 action drama is being released next week on DVD for the first time by Paramount Home Entertainment as part of the studio’s extensive 100th anniversary year celebrations.

KABC-TV reporter George Pennacchio, CBS2-KCAL entertainment correspondent Suzanne Marques and other journalists covering the event all mentioned an astonishing hook. Sitting in the audience Tuesday night was Carl Reiner, who remembers watching Wings with his parents in the Bronx when the film was originally released:

Wings is a topic of conversation this awards season for another reason. If The Artist wins 2011’s Best Picture Oscar prize, it will be the first silent film to claim those honors since this William A. Wellman directed classic.