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The legacy of Mirabel airport: Multimedia exhibition is ‘a story of our time’ – Montreal Gazette

by ahnationtalk on March 30, 201724 Views

March 30, 2017

Montréal-Mirabel International Airport, or what’s left of it, is a forlorn sight these days. Conceived as a joint federal/municipal government showpiece in the heady post-Expo 67 days and projected during its 1969 groundbreaking as a facility that would one day be the biggest of its kind in North America, Montreal’s second airport instead became a symbol of all that can go wrong when official hubris goes unchecked.

Scuppered on its 1975 opening by the global energy crisis and stranded by a lack of viable connecting transit, Mirabel never really took off as an international nexus, and so grim was its cargo-only decline that in recent years it was less a fully functioning airport than a handy set for filmmakers of an alienation/dystopian bent: the 2004 Tom Hanks-starring airport-as-anomie feature The Terminal was partly shot there, as were scenes from the 2013 zombie movie Warm Bodies. But there’s a lot more to the place than just a cautionary tale with a kitsch punchline, as an illuminating new exhibit shows us.

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