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WTC the First 24 Hours (2002)

Beginning with the World Trade Center's North Tower afire and billowing dense smoke, and ending on the vast expanse of ash-brown debris the following morning, The First 24 Hours documents "... See full summary »

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Étienne Sauret

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Beginning with the World Trade Center's North Tower afire and billowing dense smoke, and ending on the vast expanse of ash-brown debris the following morning, The First 24 Hours documents "ground zero" in the immediate aftermath of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Shot independently over a 24-hour period, the film is first a witness to the fall of the twin towers, as a line of fire and a buckle in the armature signal imminent collapse. It is then an intimate view of the smoldering monochromatic site and the surrounding solitary streets, the ashen outskirts of New York's financial center, desolate and strewn with debris, the epicenter, a steel moonscape of Dresdenesque remains. People on the site work monotonously, in a fervor, then dazed, trance-like. The images speak for themselves, intentionally devoid of commentary and music. Written by Anonymous

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Documentary | Short

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Official Sites:

Isis Post Inc. (Flash only)

Country:

USA

Release Date:

January 2002 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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ISIS See more »
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Mono

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Color
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13 September 2002 | by nyc_2qt2bstr8See all my reviews

For the record, I witnessed the events of 9/11 with my OWN EYES and EARS. I photographed the second plane, the impact, and the subsequent collapse of both towers (readers may email me for links to where some of my pictures can be found).

I can see anticipate the detractors complaining about this film; the lack of dialog, music, narration, captioning etc. However I don't share their opinion. This was one of the BEST `documentaries' I've seen. I say this specifically because of the lack of voiceovers, and the general toning-down of footage common in the aftermath of 9/11.

As a witness it's important to me to see the events unfold in the same way they unfolded that day; without narration, without music, without handholding. I wanted to re-experience the feeling of staring at the building(s) focusing on MY OWN thoughts and listening to the sounds as they actually happened.

I realize that narration is important to some people who aren't from New York and want a more `fact-based' kind of documentary. Those documentaries have already been done. This was a refreshing and excellent chance to meander through that day and imagine what would be going through your own mind instead of having a viewpoint imposed.

Bravo!


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