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WorldThe Twin Towers After September 11: A Tribute or a Painful Reminder?

06:25  11 september  2019
06:25  11 september  2019 Source:   msn.com

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The Twin Towers After September 11: A Tribute or a Painful Reminder?© Touchstone Pictures A scene in “Armageddon,” a 1998 disaster film that was not re-edited after the attacks.

Correction: September 10, 2019

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction: An earlier version of this article misidentified the chief curator of the National September 11 Memorial Museum. She is Jan Seidler Ramirez, not Jan Frazier.

It can happen abruptly, while flipping through reruns of “Friends” or rewatching a movie like “Armageddon” or “Working Girl”: a sight of the twin towers, dominating the New York skyline like steel sentinels.

“I used to get so startled when I first saw them in repeats and old shows,” said Sally Regenhard, a skyscraper-safety advocate whose 28-year-old son, Christian, a New York probationary firefighter, died when the towers fell 18 years ago.

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In 2009, Congress named September 11 a National Day of Service and Remembrance. For nearly a year after the terrorist attacks of September 11 , 2001, workers continued to remove debris and recover bodies from the ruins of the Twin Towers at Lower Manhattan’s former World Trade Center complex.

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Although she still views the towers as “instruments of death,” she added, “I do get less startled now.”

Since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center, filmmakers, television producers, Hollywood executives and even the curators at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum have pondered how best to deal with material showcasing the towers in opening montages (“The Sopranos,” “Sex and the City”); in scenes of computer-generated conflagration (“Armageddon,” “Independence Day”); or as a setting for romance (“Kissing Jessica Stein”) or affectionate satire (“The Simpsons”).

Of course, it’s not just the family members of those lost who are dismayed by images of the towers, which until that day had been a symbol of New York and its financial might. For just about anyone old enough to remember the attacks, these scenes are likely to evoke sorrow, even today.

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“It almost seems like it’s the biggest issue in American etiquette,” said the director Sam Raimi, who in 2002 confronted an unusual challenge: how to release a long-awaited blockbuster, “Spider-Man,” that featured an elaborate scene in which the hero foils the helicopter escape of bank robbers by trapping them in an enormous web stretching from the north tower to the south tower.

For Mr. Raimi and his associates, leaving in that scene was “unfathomable.”

“We didn’t think it was our right, in the middle of the summer after this terrible massacre, to show a scene of such heartbreak for so many,” he said. Mr. Raimi added that he was thinking about victims’ children going to see the movie for fun or as an escape. “I didn’t want to pull them back into the heart of that tragedy,” he said.

Mr. Raimi was not alone in excising the towers from film or video in the immediate aftermath of their collapse. Both “The Sopranos” and “Sex in the City” deleted them from their opening credits, starting in 2002. The directors of “Kissing Jessica Stein” and “People I Know,” whose films were on the verge of premiering when the attacks took place, delayed their releases so they could reshoot scenes that depicted the towers as indomitable landmarks.

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The producers of “The Simpsons” also halted the rebroadcast of a 1997 episode featuring a tiny Homer racing across the wide Trade Center plaza (he was trying to make it to a restroom on the top floor of the north tower) as the skyscrapers loom above him.

But as time passes, even the worst wounds begin to heal. As glimpses of the pre-2001 towers began to conjure wistfulness and nostalgia more than horror and trauma, the “Simpsons” episode was put back into syndication. And this year, the original hand-drawn cel depicting Homer’s mad dash to relieve himself was welcomed by the 9/11 museum’s curator, Alexandra Drakakis, as a “hilarious and tender” donation.

The Twin Towers After September 11: A Tribute or a Painful Reminder?© Columbia Pictures This scene from "Spider-Man" (2002), in which the hero spins a web between the towers, was deleted before the movie’s release.

“I know my heart hurts when I see them in old images,” said the director Bart Freundlich, who did not delete several shots of the towers from his 2001 film, “World Traveler,” starring Julianne Moore and Billy Crudup. “They don’t just represent something tragic but something marvelous about the city as well.”

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Thinking back nearly two decades, filmmakers like Jennifer Westfeldt, who was a writer and co-star of “Kissing Jessica Stein,” have not exactly second-guessed their editing decisions but looked back on them with the bittersweet benefit of time and distance.

Ms. Westfeldt debuted her movie at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 10, 2001, just hours before the attacks. She recalled the joy she felt after her film, replete with gauzy, golden-hour shots of the towers, was applauded. A New Yorker, she awoke the next day to news of the attacks and spent the next 48 hours camped in front of a TV, crying and contacting loved ones.

The Twin Towers After September 11: A Tribute or a Painful Reminder?© Twentieth Century Fox, via Jin S. Lee/9/11 Memorial & Museum An original animation cel for the 1997 episode of “The Simpsons” titled “The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson” was welcomed as a donation to the National September 11 Memorial museum in New York.

Her movie had a second screening on Sept. 12, she said, and “the people who went basically reported back that there were audible gasps and sobs at those images.”

“It was just gut-wrenching,” she added. “All these images that were meant to be beautiful and romantic were now harrowing and triggering in the midst of a rom-com that was intended to make you laugh, not traumatize you.”

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The hijackers in the September 11 attacks were 19 men affiliated with al-Qaeda. 15 of the 19 were citizens of Saudi Arabia, two were from the United Arab Emirates, one was from Lebanon

On September 11 , 2001, shortly after the takeoff of American Airlines Flight 11 from Logan Airport in Boston, Massachusetts bound for Los Angeles Today as a bell tolled at 8.46am to mark the minute that the first hijacked plane flew into the Twin Towers , they joined hands in a human chain of support

Ms. Westfeldt said she and her colleagues debated intensely about whether to leave in the Trade Center scenes and risk “inflicting more pain on people,” or remove them and possibly “erase or misrepresent history.” In the end, they chose to reshoot the scenes. She asks herself now whether the original scenes might have stood the test of time as the despair of losing the towers ebbed.

Michael Nozik, producer of the 2002 movie “People I Know,” starring Al Pacino, felt the same way. “We wanted to make sure we were not seen as exploitative and insensitive at a time when there was so much grief,” he said of the reshoot. Now, he said, “It’s nice to look at all the beautiful images of the Trade Center because it’s more like honoring them than the horror of recalling that event.”

Some directors, though, do not support altering a pre-9/11 picture based on post-9/11 sensibilities. Among them is Michael Bay, the maker of “Armageddon,” a 1998 summer disaster flick that shows one of the towers ablaze after a meteor strike.

“Movies are shot, edited and finished for the world to see,” Mr. Bay said. “They don’t get re-edited because history changes. If we go there, that means every movie must change. Every book, every short story, every painting of New York in the past 30 years. It would never end.”

Other film and TV makers say it comes down to timing — to asking yourself whether you’ve violated the rule of “too soon.”

The British director Paul Greengrass grappled with that question when he decided, in 2006, to make “United 93,” about the Sept. 11 plane that crashed in Pennsylvania after its passengers revolted against their hijackers. As the first commercial post-9/11 feature, it was assailed as distasteful before its release. But when it came out, it was critically acclaimed and saluted by the passengers’ loved ones for its verisimilitude and poignant “let’s roll” ending.

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The Twin Towers After September 11: A Tribute or a Painful Reminder?© Paramount Pictures A “King Kong” movie poster from 1976, featuring the beast on top of the World Trade Center, is also on display at the Sept. 11 museum in New York.

“When I see the towers now, I get a feeling of sadness and loss,” Mr. Greengrass said. But, “in a funny way,” he added, “I also see them as a beacon of what was and what can be.”

Jan Seidler Ramirez, the chief curator at the memorial museum, said her institution would not shy away from exhibiting both serious and silly images of the towers. Visitors, she said, can watch a nine-minute film that pays homage to the Trade Center’s role in “The Wiz,” “Home Alone 2” and various Superman movies, thrillers and crime dramas.

“I see it as a positive sign of civic healing for the towers to be reintroduced into the background of films and elsewhere,” Ms. Ramirez said, “or seen in postcards and comic books of that era.” She even has the campy “King Kong” 1976 movie poster on display, in which the towers serve as the title character’s last bastion against mankind’s helicopters and flamethrowers.

“For the kids who never saw them,” she added, “they now have a reference for how tall they were and the way they owned the skyline.”

Mary Fetchet, whose 24-year-old-son, Brad, died in the attacks, said, “Many people have understandably fond memories of the towers and the old skyline.”

“There has been healing,” said Ms. Fetchet, who helped found Voices of September 11th, an advocacy group for survivors. But she cautioned that “for a lot of people in our community, the images of the towers remain a very difficult and unpredictable trigger.”

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The Twin Towers After September 11: A Tribute or a Painful Reminder?
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The Twin Towers After September 11: A Tribute or a Painful Reminder?
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