9/11, The Movie
August 8th, 2006


Clyde Haberman
devotes his column in the New York Times to Oliver Stones latest movie, World Trade Center, starring Nicholas Cage, which opens tomorrow. He says little about the content of the film itself, other than to point out that it avoids Stones past conspiracy theory filmmaking (in such movies as JFK) and that it will be an emotional experience for many New Yorkers, assuming they can bring themselves to see it at all.

Many bloggers seem to agree on that score I have no interest at all in seeing a film dramatizing one of the worst days in my life, writes Brooklyn Blowhard, and I’m sure that millions of others feel the exact same way.

Haberman focuses on answering the two major criticisms against Stones film, United 93 and other depictions of September 11th — that they are too soon (he doesnt think so) and that its wrong to make money on the disaster.

Small-time street vendors selling their tacky 9/11 souvenirs are widely scorned, and have been pushed away from the sidewalks ringing the trade center site, Haberman writes. Yet relatively little in the way of criticism is aimed at those who have parlayed the tragedy into big bucks and grand careers. Would former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani be earning his many millions and contemplating a presidential race were it not for 9/11? Would his onetime sidekick, Bernard B. Kerik, be in demand as a security expert? Would George E. Pataki, who to our knowledge has never been referred to as Americas Governor, be seriously entertaining White House dreams?

Haberman concludes by wondering what the reaction will be to future projects that are not meant to be (as all so far have been) unoffensive and soul-stirringWhat if some people trapped inside the twin towers are portrayed as far-from-noble figures? Or if a movie dwells on the catastrophic failure of communications between the Police and Fire Departments that occurred on Mr. Giulianis watchWill people say that artistic freedom is a supreme American virtue, even if it means exposing some warts? Or will they declare 9/11 to be sacred, rendering blasphemous any challenge to its heroic story line?

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  3. Janice Says:
    August 10th, 2006 at 9:25 pm

    I did not believe I could be touched more deeply than I had been on 9/11 and the weeks
    afterward. However, the movie took me right into the WTC through the eyes of two superheroes!! The movie was a deeply moving experience, although requiring considerable emotional forebearance to endure. It reinforces the great importance for us all to recognize and face the magnanimity of the terror threat that is here to stay.

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    October 4th, 2007 at 12:13 pm

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