Monday, September 11, 2006

WTC View; 25th Hour


Name of movie: WTC View
Distributor: Logo
Production Company: Edgeworx
Director: Brian Sloan
Rating: No rating known but would likely be R (soft)
Length: 102 min
Where seen: Landmark E-Street Cinemam Washington DC, DVD projection, Oct. 2005. Netflix now shows DVD availability
Event: DC GLBT Film Festival, One in Ten, Reel Affirmations

In this film, an appealing young gay man Eric (Michael Urie) places an ad for a roommate in an apartment that overlooks the 9/11 World Trade Center site, and meets an interesting assortment of people, some of them quite appealing by conventional ideas. A young stockbroker Max (Jay Gillespie) recounts how he got out of the North Tower before it collapsed.

In Spike Lee's film 25th Hour (Touchstone, Buena Vista, 2002), a convicted dealer (Ed Norton) spends his last 24 hours of freedom, but in one important scene there is a nighttime view of the World Trade Center site, with some heavy equipment in the cavity dwarfed by the size of the opening. This may be one of the first known references to 9/11 in a major film since the 9/11 attacks.

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