Spielberg Supercut: Cadillac of the Skies – Flight and Flying

A Supercut is a form of video that brings together a number of clips from a range of films. Though the clips are all very different, they are united by a common theme, idea or motif. The Spielberg Supercut series implements this idea on Spielberg’s work, combining clips from across his work to highlight elements that repeatedly appear. The aim to underline the theme and some of the most prominent examples of it. 

In the below Spielberg Supercut, flight is the theme. Spielberg has used flight throughout almost all his films, with the most prominent examples being Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T., Empire of the Sun, Hook, Catch Me If You Can and The Terminal. However, significant moments featuring flight or planes appear in films as diverse as Always, Saving Private Ryan, Minority Report, and Bridge of Spies.

Spielberg has been obsessed with flying since a very early age, but he’s always had a mixed relationship with it. “I am absolutely fascinated and terrified by flying,” he told Ava Maria Behiana in 1992. “It’s a big deal in my movies. All my movies have airplanes in them. You name the movie – they all fly.”