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The 7 - Movies & TV - Pan Am 1x3 - "Ich Bin Ein Berliner"
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#1 Posted on 10.10.11 0812.15
Reposted on: 10.10.18 0812.16
Pan Am's first episode containing actual character substance and not just light, pretty fluff.

Although, let's talk about the pretty first: The production design and costume design of Pan Am is unreal. I don't know what their per episode budget is, but it's substantial. Pan Am shoots in New York, but look at all of extras in costumes, the cars on the street, the streets blocked off, dressed and redesigned with CGI augmentation to recreate Berlin in 1963. It's feature film quality. It's amazing.

Setting the episode during President Kennedy's famous "Ich Bin Ein Berliner" speech in June 1963 was great. I love historical stuff like this.

Christina Ricci needs to rein in the crazy eyes. Maybe learn to squint a little. Seriously, one of the stewardesses on this flight is freaking me out. Especially in this episode with her obsession with meeting Kennedy, it was like Gollum in a Pan Am uniform.

Plus, when Ricci handed the Secret Service the box of Cuban cigars, I can't believe none of the agents opened the box! It could be a bomb! Doesn't Kennedy realize he's going to be assassinated?! Ricci didn't get to shake JFK's hand but she got a wave from him in silhouette - though who's to say that wasn't The Playboy Club's Hugh Hefner, who was also in shadows on their show?

"Nazis. I hate these guys." - Indiana Jones. Also, Colette, Pan Am French stewardess. Colette's inability to forgive Germany for the Nazis occupying France when she was a child was moving stuff. Her singing the German national anthem was the first genuinely powerful dramatic moment of the series.

The drunken flight back from Berlin was reminiscent of all the stories of rowdy WWE Flights from Hell, but with a lot less Ric Flair nudity.
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#2 Posted on 10.10.11 1048.57
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    Originally posted by John Orquiola
    Although, let's talk about the pretty first: The production design and costume design of Pan Am is unreal. I don't know what their per episode budget is, but it's substantial. Pan Am shoots in New York, but look at all of extras in costumes, the cars on the street, the streets blocked off, dressed and redesigned with CGI augmentation to recreate Berlin in 1963. It's feature film quality. It's amazing.

I was thinking the exact same thing during the steet scene. That was really impressive.

I agree...this was hands and above better than the first two episodes. Things are starting to get interesting.
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