It has been announced that the soon-to-be released 9/11 movie is causing hype and complaints. I posted about this before. That post describes how I feel about any movie about 9/11. Let me know what you think.
New Yorkers Unhappy with 9/11 Film
By WENN Monday, April 03, 2006
HOLLYWOOD – A New York City cinema has pulled the trailer for forthcoming 9/11 film United 93 after several complaints from distressed patrons.
The AMC Loews Lincoln Square movie theatre on Broadway withdrew the promo for the upcoming Paul Greengrass film, which tells the story of United Airlines Flight 93, which was hijacked and eventually crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on Sept. 11, 2001.
A manager at AMC Loews tells the New York Daily News, “I personally received a couple of complaints. Some people were pretty upset. We pulled the trailer last weekend.”
One cinemagoer, Gloria Harper, who volunteered as a Ground Zero relief worker after the city’s World Trade Center collapsed, says, “I covered my eyes. I couldn’t watch it. I won’t see the movie. I mean we lived through it“
Adam Fogelson, marketing president for Universal Pictures, who are producing and distributing the controversial film, explains, “The trailer is meant to give an honest sense of what the movie is going to be.”
“We didn’t use any footage that people haven’t seen before, and we didn’t enhance it. It’s truly horrific. So we’re not shocked to hear that some people find it uncomfortable.”
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NEW YORK – United 93, a film dramatization of the events on the hijacked plane that crashed in Pennsylvania on September 11, will have its world premiere at a New York film festival next month.
“United 93 re-creates the doomed trip in actual time, from takeoff to hijacking to the realization by those onboard that their plane was part of a coordinated attack unfolding on the ground beneath them,” organizers of the Tribeca Film Festival said on Wednesday.
The festival was founded by actor Robert De Niro in 2002 to help revitalize lower Manhattan after the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center.
Opening films in previous years have been comedies such as About a Boy and Down with Love as well as the thriller The Interpreter last year. This year’s choice of United 93 as the opening film returns the focus to Tribeca’s roots.
“The festival was basically created eight months after September 11 and it was to give our neighborhood something to look forward to and to help the renewal, and to do that you need to laugh,” the festival’s co-founder Jane Rosenthal told Reuters.
“We found ourselves for several years saying we need a comedy. In year five, we need to remember,” she said.
Written and directed by Paul Greengrass, director of The Bourne Supremacy, the film is billed as a drama about the passengers, crew, their families on the ground and the flight controllers who watched as events unfold on the fourth airline hijacked on September 11, 2001.
Two of the planes crashed into the World Trade Center and the third into the Pentagon. Passengers on the fourth plane sent messages to loved ones saying the plane had been hijacked and they were going to try to overcome the hijackers.
Rosenthal said that after nearly five years there was a danger the events of September 11 were fading from people’s memories. “A lot has happened in the world and as a country we seem to have a short-term memory loss,” she said.
Some of the relatives of those who died on United 93 are expected to attend the premiere in New York on April 25, the first night of the festival, which runs until May 7.
“It is never easy to relive the events of 9/11, yet I support United 93 as a tribute to the heroism of my brother and the 39 other passengers and crew who collectively chose to say ‘no’ on that fateful day,” Gordon Felt, who lost his brother Edward on September 11, said in a statement.
The films in competition at the festival include several with political themes, particularly related to the Middle East and the war in Iraq.
“We’re a festival that was started because of an act of war, so we have always had films and panel discussions that bring up difficult subjects,” Rosenthal said.