Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Airports in Movies (ongoing notes)

Catch Me If You Can (2002) - sex appeal of flight attendants & pilots/myth of glamorous occupation;
Fight Club
(1999) - "single serving friends" - lack of place/community overstated? Contrast with equally overstated Love Actually (2003);
The Terminal
(2004) ; tbd
Blow (2001)- globalization of business (drug dealing);

Anger Management (2003)
(1968) - tbd
Six Feet Under (2001) - sublime machine of airport as locale for romantic/erotic liasons;
Meet the Parents
(2000)- airport as bureaucratic, inflexible, authoritarian;
Garden State (2004)
My Best Friend's Wedding (1997)
Dumb & Dumber
(1994) - ?
Playtime (1967) View from the Top (2003) Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987) Friends (1994) Lost (2004) 21 (2008)
Home Alone
(1990) - "rural" community of sympathetic travelers v authoritarian, "instrumental relations" of airport (cf Gottdiener on Deterritorialization)
(Commercials:) Bluefly.com Nike
La Jetee (1963) - Airport as site of a vivid memory, to which the protagonist, a visitor, returns repeatedly.
Future world as deterritorialized, past world as rich with color, memory, community. The visitor arrives in the past, "speaks, listens, laughs, then vanishes." The pain of departure.

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