The revealing skyline
September 11, 2009. When I’m introduced to a latter modern day movie that takes place in New York City, I look at the date it was filmed. If I don’t have immediate access to the film date, I watch for reference to the Twin Towers.
Since they were built till 2001, the Twin Towers represented Manhattan New York, a quick visual reference.
The lack of them as a visual reference in skyline shots, represented something else. It represented the post 9-11, oh so quietly.
No big screen films that I know of, made post 9-11, zoomed in on Ground Zero. They merely showed the skyline sans the Twin Towers.
Either way it’s a reference for me. I can pretty much tell by the skyline shots of movies based in New York City, what side of 9-11-o1 they were filmed. And I want to know, because it make a difference in the story being told.
That day was a bookmark between chapters in world history. It was a milestone for all of us who witnessed it and lived past it.
I can’t be the only one watching films based in New York City, and watching for the Twin Towers for reference. It not only marks a difference in the time the film was made, but also marks an intangible difference in the story, yet I can sense it.