9/11 - The Filmmakers' Commemorative Edition
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THIS HEARTFELT DOCUMENTARY WAS CREATED AND PERSONALLY SUPERVISED BY THE AWARD-WINNING FRENCH FILMMAKERS JULES & GEDEON NAUDET WHO SIMPLY SET OUT TO MAKE A MOVIE ABOUT A ROOKIE NEW YORK CITY FIREMAN FROM ENGINE 7, LADDER 1 AND ENDED UPFILMING AN EVENT THAT CHANGED OUR LIVES FOREVER.
Originally broadcast on CBS in March 2002, 9/11 is an extraordinary record of that fateful day in New York City. This one-of-a-kind documentary was originally conceived as a portrait of 21-year-old Tony Benetatos, a firefighter trainee at Manhattan's Duane Street firehouse, located seven blocks from the World Trade Center. By the time filming was finished, brothers Jules and Gedeon Naudet had captured history in the making, including the only image of the first jetliner striking Tower 1, and the only footage from within the tower as it collapsed. This is not, however, a film about the murderous nightmare of terrorism. It's the ultimate rite-of-passage drama, more immediate and meaningful than any fiction film could be, with Benetatos and his supportive colleagues emerging as heroes of the first order. Sensitively narrated by codirector and fellow firefighter James Hanlon, 9/11 will endure forever as a tribute to those, living and dead, who witnessed hell on that sunny Tuesday morning. --Jeff ShannonSee all Editorial Reviews
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There was discussion today in remembrance - where we were, what we were doing. I was on vacation that week and was glued to the television as the aftermath unfolded and we learned more about who was responsible and what America was going to do about it. I was never more proud of a president than I was Mr. Bush during that time. I will never forget during the memorial that Friday, a moment when the camera focused in on him, he looked directly at it and winked as if to say everything would be ok. That really touched me deeply and gave me confidence the matter was in capable hands.
Among the countless heroes of that day are the men and women who risked their lives in a heroic attempt to save those they could then went back to try and recover those they couldn't, the civilians who gave aid without thought of their own safety, and the business owners who gave of what they had without thought of potential profit loss. I also applaud the gentlemen who made this film for their courage in risking their own lives to document this tragedy.
Let us never forget.
This is the best eyewitness account of 9/11. I encourage everyone to buy it and watch it. It truly captures the horror, evil, and heroism of September 11, 2001. Accidentally or by fate or divine providence... the world has a first hand record of a world wide tragedy.
Thanks to the brothers who risked their lives to film it. Thanks to firemen who bravely responded and saved countless lives that day.
So many good people were lost that day. This film is their best tribute. It also serves as a grim reminder of the evil of terrorism in our world. But moreso, it also is a reminder of the hope, courage and heroism of the FDNY and the leadership and citizenship present at every level of society and organization in the USA.
What is worst and best in humanity is depicted on this amazing documentary.
At one point the firefighters in the interviews mention that they would rather help people than kill people. In that statement, lies the greatness of the individual and our society.
If you buy only one 9/11 video... by this one, and share it with whomever will listen and learn from it.
Such poignant moments, innocently shot, such as the scene where Tony is being coached on the night of September 10, with the twin towers in the background. A wave of sadness hit me when I saw that -- this must have been one of the last shots of the buildings when they were whole.
There are priceless images of survivors and witnesses filmed by the Naudet brothers. You really get the feeling of what it was like to be there that day -- the shock of the witnesses who were in the area of the twin towers when the plane hit is so vivid in this film. We see the concern on their faces and hear snippets of conversation. One in particular worrying how the people are going to get out of the building stands out in my memory. The growing horror in realizing that they may NOT get out -- how shocking to people who have been living an ordinary day to that point. These images and sounds, shot up close and not from helicopters or distant vantage points like most of the coverage we saw that day, gives a truly human dimension to the tragedy.
The Naudet brothers did an excellent job in this film. There is a sense that it is an honest film, and no feeling that they are trying to be exploitative or sensational in releasing it. I am glad they did, because it has really helped me to come to terms with it. At one point in the film, one of the brothers despairs that he is useless because he can't help anyone -- he has no medical skills or firefighting skills. He is wrong .. his witnessing camera is his gift to all of us, allowing us to be there with the firefighters and the many who suffered so greatly.
One gets a real sense of foreboding and, to some extent, the frustrations felt by the command post which had been set up in the lobby of the WTC. The sound of the bodies of the desperate victims, who had felt they had no way out but to jump, striking the roof of the entryway gives a sickening sense of the powerlessness to stop the inevitable.
Later, the scene back at the fire station where the firefighters became sick with what this reviewer believes was the overwhelming carnage and exhaustion and sickening sense that many of those souls lost were of their own ranks, gives a picture of the incredible service and sacrifice made.
I highly recommend this film. It holds no political pretense. It gives no statement of blame. It only serves as a chronicle of a day that will truly live in infamy and,perhaps, serve to teach us to prepare for the catastrophic "what-ifs".