Light&Fun

Flying among arts, science and traditions.

AIRPLANE! (1980)

If we were to establish a ranking of the funniest films of all time, Airplane! would definitely get a place of honour. As a matter of fact, in 2000 the American Film Institute placed it number ten in the rank of AFI's 100 Years... 100...

TOP GUN BY TONY SCOTT

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“Watching in slow motion as you turn around and say: take my breath away…” It was 1986 when Giorgio Moroder composed Take my breath away for the band Berlin. The song, written as the soundtrack of a film that would soon become an ‘80s cult,...

CASABLANCA

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Here’s a myth buster for you: the line "Play it again, Sam" NEVER features in the film "Casablanca". Never. How is it that one of the most famous lines in Hollywood history, wrongly attributed to Humphrey Bogart, was never actually said? The real line, "Play...

CELEBRITIES & AIRPLANES

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When we think about a pilot, we don’t think about an everyday person. A pilot has specific knowledge, he’s in perfect shape, and has more responsibilities than most professionals. Without of course belittling doctors, nurses, engineers and architects, judges and lawyers, volunteers, soldiers, teachers…There’s...

PAPER AEROPLANES

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Do you remember folding sheets of paper with the utmost precision during school breaks to make little paper aeroplanes? And how satisfied you were as you saw them fly further and further away? These paper planes are called kami hikoki in Japanese. Why in Japanese?...

MARILYN AND THE AEROPLANES

How much do we really know about Marilyn Monroe? Who was Norma Jeane Mortenson Baker? How many of us know that her modelling and acting career related to aeroplanes? Platinum blonde hair. Angelic features. A profile able to turn the heads of sportsmen, intellectuals...

LESSONS FROM HOLLYWOOD: ‘UP IN THE AIR’

Cinema doesn't give air travel a good rep, let's face it: disasters, accidents, emergency landings.... but there are some exceptions. For the parents among you, 'Planes' may spring to mind (you're so busted!), but if you want to stick to realistic movies, let's start with...

HOME ALONE

“Keviiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiin Keeeeeeviiiiiiiiiiin!!!” How could you forget little Kevin McCallister rigging his house with traps against a clumsy thief played by Joe Pesci? Home Alone by Chris Columbus, along with the Die Hard saga and masterpieces such as Pulp Fiction and Forrest Gump, are among the greatest...