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  • 9/11 Movies: How Soon Is Too Soon?

       August 19, 2005

    It was bound to happen. A few 9/11 movies (including one from Oliver Stone) are in the works. Not surprisingly, some people think this is inappropriate. Entertainment Weekly has a poll up right now asking readers if it's too soon to make movies about 9/11. The results show that the public is pretty evenly split.

    What do you all think?

    Personally, I have no problem with 9/11 movies. Back in the day, Hollywood made WWII movies during WWII. In the last couple of years there's been a slew of movies and specials about the genocide in Rwanda, which was only 10 years ago. Making movies about historical events, even horrible historical events is perfectly normal. It's part of how a society deals with its events.

    I think some of our reactions to 9/11 have been just plain weird. We were shielded from some of the truly horrible aspects of it (what happened on the ground around the towers, the jumpers, etc.). You never see video from that day anymore. Even on the upcoming fourth anniversary, I'm sure no network will dare to play video of the planes hitting the WTC.

    I remember how shortly after 9/11 there was talk of digitally removing the Towers from TV shows and movies. I thought that was the strangest thing I've ever heard. People seemed to think that they could just pretend that 9/11 never happened, that by erasing the tapes they could erase history. Unfortunately, it doesn't work that way.

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    #  August 19th, 2005 10:13 AM      countertop
    I have a problem with Oliver Stone movies.

    Except Any Given Sunday - the best football movie ever.

    oh yeah, and Natural Born Killers.

    and The Doors.  
    #  August 19th, 2005 10:31 AM      Laura
    I have no problem with a movie, but if it's a movie that would be well-received in Saudi Arabia, for example, I'm going to be pissed. Any excusing or apologizing for what those animals did is unacceptable.  
    #  August 19th, 2005 10:42 AM      kris
    Yeah, I'm not getting into the specific movies that might be made, but just whether, in general, 9/11 is "off limits" or something.  
    #  August 19th, 2005 11:46 AM      Laura
    No, it's stupid to say it's "off limits" and as you said, a real departure from how things were handled during WWII. I love the Stage Door Canteen movies, and pretty much all the movies from that era.  
    #  August 19th, 2005 2:36 PM      vanhelsing
    The end of time would be too soon for a 9/11 movie made by Oliver Stone.  



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