This weekend Film Society of Lincoln Center commemorates the 10-year anniversary of September 11 with two free screenings of films related to the tragedy and its effect on New York City.
Saturday at noon we will present Jules and Gedeon Naudet’s fateful documentary 9/11. In 2001, the French filmmakers were working on a documentary about a rookie firefighter in Manhattan when the World Trade Center was struck. By chance they turned their camera skyward just as the first plane hit, capturing the only known footage of that event. They proceeded to accompany and film firefighters during their heroic efforts at Ground Zero. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Christian Delage, a historian and documentary filmmaker, and Peter Goodrich, a professor at Cardozo Law School.
Then on Sunday at 7:45pm we will show Spike Lee’s 25th Hour, the first major movie shot on location in the city after the attacks. Edward Norton delivers a stunning performance as Monty Brogan, a hardened New Yorker bidding farewell to his family, friends and city as he prepares for a seven-year prison sentence for selling drugs. As Lee follows Monty through his last day of freedom he captures details of post-9/11 New York City with unparalleled nuance. Largely overlooked upon its release, 25th Hour went on to appear on many critics' best of the decade lists, including Roger Ebert and A.O. Scott. In the words of the latter: “25th Hour is still one of the very best 9/11 movies. It’s not directly about the 9/11 attacks, but it takes place in New York just after them, and it evokes the mood of that moment with such uncanny specificity. I think that’s really another one that years from now people will be coming back to when they look at this decade.” Spike Lee, Edward Norton, Philip Seymour Hoffman and producer Jon Kilik will be in-person at the screening.
Both films are showing in our Walter Reade Theater. Tickets are complimentary and will become available at the box office one hour before the show begins, subject to availability.