So many destination faces going to so many places
Chip_douglas from Rijswijk, ZH, Netherlands
11 December 2016
The extra features on the second disc of the 2 Disc Special Edition DVD
set of The Terminal open with a menu modeled after the airport's flight
information board as seen in the picture. There are six 'destinations'
on the first page and a seventh, the photo gallery, on the second page.
We will be discussing the first six, five of which links to a short
subject by Laurentz Bouzereau while one leads to three separate
segments. All of them combined compromise the complete making of the
picture from script to post production. Amusingly, the titles reflect
the various stages of traveling by airplane, from booking a ticket to
departing after landing.
So, we begin with "Booking the Flight: The Script, The Story" and
naturally the first interviewee is director Steven Spielberg, who talks
about airports on the whole and then explains the story of The
Terminal. In doing so, he uses the expression 'snafu' which is probably
the closest we'll ever get to hearing Steven utter a dirty word. We get
a little insight into the way Spielberg picks his scripts: he usually
sits down with a stack of them he refers to as a "weekend reading
package" and goes through about 3 a day. The Terminal happened to be
the last one he read on a Sunday, but it intrigued him enough to forget
the five that had come before.
Also interviewed are screenplay writers Sacha Gervasi and Jeff
Nathanson and producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald. Gervasi
recounts how he researched living in an actual airport. Nathanson talks
about getting into the mindset of Americans and immigrants while Parkes
mentions that the casting of Catherine Zeta-Jones changed the tone of
the movie from being an 'in like' story to an 'in love' story.
Of course the interviews are illustrated with appropriate clips from
the finished film and snippets of behind the scenes footage, many of
which feature Kumar Pallana in and out of character as Gupta. After 8
minutes, this documentary ends rather abruptly, leading the viewer to
continue with the next destination in this series: "Waiting for the
Flight: Buildint the Terminal".
8 out of 10
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