Strategic shot of pilots

Iris Burgers

When an airport is introduced in a movie, it often starts with an establishing shot of the terminal or main hall, i.e. in THE V.I.P.S. (1963), AIRPORT (1970) and THE TERMINAL (2004). This hall is usually bustling with people, travellers, pilots and stewardesses, security people, etc. A couple of things are important for a cinematic airport, being the signage, the presence of the flight departure and arrival board, the check-in counters and finally the presence of airplanes, which often can be seen through a window. Interestingly enough this is quite similar to how train stations are represented in film (De Kuyper 1985). The difference between airports and train stations is that with train travel the actual departure starts within the station, while with airports the take off occurs in a separated area in which no passenger can enter freely. (source: paper 'Transient Glamour' for the Liverpool conference 'City in Film'. Iris Burgers)

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Establishing shot terminal bird's eye

The V.I.P.s (1963)

1963

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1970

Airport (1975) - Terminal interieur (1/3)

1975

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1977 - 1977

Dulles International Airport - Die Hard 2

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1990 - 1977

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2003 - 1977

Strategic shot of pilots

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2003 - 1977

Establishing shot Red Eye

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2005 - 1977

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The Terminal (2004). Studio version of JFK Airport.

2004 - 1977

Establishing shot - rush hour

The Terminal (2004). Studio version of JFK Airport.

2004 - 1977

Establishing shot - rush hour

The Terminal (2004). Studio version of JFK Airport.

2004 - 1977

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Flightplan (2006).

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