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In Flight Service: The Music of 'The Terminal' (2004)

Legendary composer John Williams discusses his musical score creation for The Terminal (2004), as well as the film's unique jazz sub-storyline.


Laurent Bouzereau


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Steven Spielberg ... Himself
John Williams ... Himself


Legendary composer John Williams discusses his musical score creation for The Terminal (2004), as well as the film's unique jazz sub-storyline.

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23 November 2004 (USA) See more »

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Palvelu lennon aikana - Terminaalin musiikki See more »

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1.78 : 1
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This short is featured on the Two-Disc Special Edition and the Three-Disc Limited Edition DVD for The Terminal (2004). See more »


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Airport, you've got a smiling face. You took my lady to another place
15 December 2016 | by Chip_douglasSee all my reviews

No collection of Digital Versatile Disc special feature documentaries about the making of a Steven Spielberg movie can be complete without at least one focusing on John Williams. No matter which Spielberg film you pop into your DVD player, John Williams is always there. Actually, that's not entirely true, but it certainly doesn't sound like a real Spiel without him.

Talking about The Terminal, Johnny likes this film, very much. And since the main character is from a fictional Eastern European country called Krakozhia, Mr. Williams takes time to explain that he used eastern European music instruments such as the clarinet, the Hungarian cimbalom and even a subtle use of accordion too. Sadly, John doesn't discuss the Krakozhia National Anthem he composed for the film.

But in a pleasant break from the way these DVD features usually play out, Williams gets to talk about his love for jazz. You see, Johnny started his career as a jazz man, and that classic all American music style is linked to the picture of musicians that sort of serves as this films's Macguffin. Naturally John loves this idea and indeed has been familiar with the actual photograph for decades. In fact, in his younger days, Johnny owned the trombone of one of the men featured on it: Miff Mole, (of Miff Mole and his Little Molers). Still, the only aspects of jazz which appear in the film score are part of Amelia's theme, because her character is an American (played by Welsh Catherine Zeta-Jones).

We've almost reached our final destination, the last stop is called "Landing: Airport Stories".

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