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On 9/11, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman (creator of "Maus") was in the immediate vicinity of Ground Zero, fleeing the crumbling World Trade Center with his family. He wrote In the Shadow of No Towers to illustrate the first-hand horror of that day, and the grief and disillusionment which followed. Inspired by Spiegelman's book, guitarist/composer Marco Cappelli transforms it into a multi-media production. Actor John Turturro, a quintessential New Yorker, narrates the English version (the original Italian version is also included with actor Enzo Salomone) accompanied by the music of Sintax Error, fusing modern classical, rock, jazz, country and cartoon music. The combination of all of these talents makes In the Shadow of No Towers a revelatory experience; its sorrow, confusion and rage all familiar to those who have followed the turmoil of the last ten years, but managing to surprise with its richness and variety of feeling. Written by Brian Brandt

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Enveloped in Tocix Dust
6 October 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Art Spiegelman's mediation in 'In the Shadow of No Towers'is highly personal. On 11 September, he, you can say, was living in the shadow of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. The film opens with a cloud of dust...toxic dust, the residue of the collapse towers as a result of two airplanes deliberating crashed into them by Islamic terrorists. In the wake of this earth-shattering tragedy, it seemed as though the world had gone mad. And the results of this lunacy, Spiegelman attempts to come to terms, for the sake of sanity...his and ours. What was the smell of the dust? he muses. And he hears in his inner ear the answer of his father,a holocaust survivor, when asked what was the smell of the human ash from the concentration camp ovens: 'indiscribable'. And he, too, concurs. Furthermore, he connects the camps and the fallout of the Twin Towers to the destruction visited on Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the US Army Air Force. More, to find the ground of sanity, he looks to the world he knows best: cartoons, not any old cartoons, but ones from the comic pages of newspapers of way back when newspapers had a wide circulation and were read. And he uses 'The Katzenajammer Kids' of World War One vintage, as a metaphor for the Twin Towers, as an antidote to the lethal poison that terrorism has visited on us. With an untranquil stomach, in a world turned upside down, he discovers that the temper of the moment unleashes the demons of anti-Semitism, for example. 'In the Shadow of No Towers' tells of the panicked stamped of Americans who were willing to give up the Constitution and our democracy to the cynical White House of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney and their band of scoundrels. It is through symbols, caricature, exaggerated representations, analogies and above all irony, Spigelman succeeds in capturing his mood of those frightful hours and days after 11 September. Words are not enough to do full justice to 'In the Shadow of No Towers', the film has to be seen. For the dastardly daring of that day is forever seared in the world's imagination that slowly loses its hold on the popular imagination, and as Freud noted the horror of the dead and the acrid smell of burnt flesh mixed with molten metals of the Towers structure remained as a vivid reminder and health hazard for years thereafter. And especially for Spiegelman, his wife and daughter who had as neighbors the Twin Towers of the WTC. John Tuturro narrates in English, and Enzo Salmone his the voice in the Italian version.


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