Remembering 9/11 in Film and Memorial
May 7th, 2006

WNYC’s Brian Lehrer compares two memorials to the victims of 9/11 the new movie “United 93” about the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania on that fateful day and the $1 billion plan for the World Trade Center memorial. Lehrer argues that only one of these works.

“The release of ‘United 93’ at first sparked questions about sensationalizing the events of that awful day, and about whether it was too soon to depict those events on film,” says Lehrer. “Both questions have now been answered by the film itself and the public response.”

In contrast, the World Trade Center memorial, he argues, “has deteriorated into endless bickering between a greedy developer and a patronizing Governor. Even the 9/11 families have come to be seen as a special interest group, though no one wants to say that too loudly.”

“Thursdays announcement that the World Trade Center Memorial would now double in cost compared to the original estimate is just the latest assault on trust in public works,” says Lehrer.

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