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Hayao Miyazaki’s new animated feature, “The Wind Rises,” has not one but two reminders that in-flight entertainment is the least part of the relationship between the movies and aviation. Both are technological wonders, after all, and it takes one to know one.
There have been many memorable movies about flying. Among them is “The Wind Rises,” with its story of aeronautical engineer Jiro Horikoshi, who designed the Japanese Zero fighter plane in the 1930s. Some of those movies, like “The Red Balloon” (1956) and “E.T. the Extraterrestrial” (1982), don’t even involve planes. But when they do, magical mechanical things can happen.