Bicycles, airplanes and Peter Pans: flying scenes in Steven Spielberg's films

Audissino, Emilio (2014) Bicycles, airplanes and Peter Pans: flying scenes in Steven Spielberg's films. CINEJ Cinema Journal, 3 (2). pp. 104-120. ISSN 2158-8724

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In Steven Spielberg's cinema the flight is a recurring theme. Flying scenes involve either a realistic flight – by aircraft – or a magical flight – by supernatural powers. The realistic flight is influenced by the war stories of Spielberg's father and it is featured in such films as Empire of the Sun (1987), Always (1989), and 1941 (1979). The magical flight is influenced by James M. Barrie’s character Peter Pan, who is quoted directly in E.T. the Extraterrestrial (1982) and in Hook (1991). These two types of flying scenes are analyzed and surveyed as to their evolution across Spielberg's films. A central case study is the episode “The Mission” from Amazing Stories (1985), in which the realistic and the magical flights overlap.

Item Type: Article
Identifier: 10.5195/cinej.2014.111
Additional Information: Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 United States License.
Keywords: Hollywood Cinema; Steven Spielberg; Peter Pan; Flight; James M. Barrie
Subjects: Film and television
Depositing User: Emilio Audissino
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2016 11:32
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 15:43


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