The Twin Towers in Film

A Cinematic History of New York’s World Trade Center

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For thirty years, the twin towers of the World Trade Center soared above the New York City skyline, eventually becoming one of the most conspicuous symbolic structures in the world. They appeared in hundreds of films, from Godspell and Death Wish to Trading Places, Ghostbusters and The Usual Suspects. The politicians, architects and engineers who developed the towers sought to impart them with a powerful visual presence. The resulting buildings provided filmmakers with imposing set pieces capable of conveying a range of moods and associations, from the sublime and triumphal to the sinister and paranoid. While they stood, they captured the imagination of the world with their enigmatic symbolism. In their dramatic destruction, they became icons of a history that is still being written. Here viewed in the context of popular cinema, the twin towers are emblematic of how architecture, film and narrative interact to express cultural aspirations and anxieties.

About the Author(s)

Randy Laist is a professor of English at Goodwin College in East Hartford, Connecticut. He has published numerous articles on DeLillo, Mailer, Melville and Hawthorne, as well as on popular culture, new media, and pedagogy.

Bibliographic Details

Randy Laist

Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 80 photos, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7885-6
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3841-6
Imprint: McFarland