Twin Tower movie cameos

Twin Tower Cameos from Dan Meth on Vimeo.

Just in time for the tenth anniversary this Sunday of the September 11th terrorist attacks, Dan Meth created this impressive mash-up video that pays homage to the fallen twin towers by stitching together scenes from various films from 1969 to 2001 that featured the World Trade Center “prominently in the foreground [and] sometimes lurking in the distance.” The accompanying soundtrack with songs from these decades is also pitch perfect. Watching this made me feel sad for all the human loss and destruction, as well as a sense of nostalgia of my youth that some of these films (HOME ALONE 2! WHEN HARRY MET SALLY!) evoked for me. However, I’m looking forward to and hopeful for One WTC’s completion, which, I anticipate, will serve as a similar anchor of downtown Manhattan and symbol of New York City in all the films yet to be made.

I think our country is still struggling to articulate and memorialize the towers in a way that’s meaningful and honest, however in terms of films, I believe MAN ON WIRE accomplished this best vis-a-vis Philippe Petit’s account of his high-wire walk between the two skyscrapers in 1974. After I saw it in 2009, I wrote:

Although it is never mentioned, the specter of 9/11 looms large in the background, and one can’t help but make comparisons at times between Petit’s crew and the terrorist attacks years later, particularly when they describe the various methods including impersonating a reporter to enter and gain access to the towers’ rooftop. Yet the sight of this Frenchman casually resting on his back high above the streets and staring up at the clouds above New York City, provides a cathartic counter to the monstrous and horrifying collapse of the World Trade Center.