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. "Working Girl" (1988) is one of the few films to treat the World Trade Center towers romantically, a symbol of what Melanie Griffith, who plays a secretary living on Staten Island, could aspire to.

"Celluloid Skyline," which was completed before September 11th, has just a few references to the depictions of the twin towers in the movies, and they are mostly negative. The 1976 remake of "King Kong" suffers, for example, because the towers replaced the Empire State Building as the skyscraper the giant ape ascends. Instead of climbing majestically, Kong is forced to ·shimmy. The final dance number is swallowed up by the immense trade center plaza in the 1978 remake of "The Wizard Of Oz" called "The Wiz." In "Three Days of the Condor," the towers are the coldhearted home of the CIA.

The towers do make appearances in sci-fi and disaster flicks. In "A.I.," (2001), the towers are almost all that remain above water in a Manhattan that has been flooded for thousands of years.

Jonathan Mandell

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