TrustMovies couldn't tell) to Cantor Fitzgerald, the firm that occupied several floors atop the World Trade Center and which lost between 600 and 700 hundred employees when the planes hit the towers. I happened to be in Greenwich Village that early morning, walking up 6th Avenue when the first tower fell. When I saw the sudden shock on the face a young woman who was passing me, I spun around to see the tower mid-fall, and that sight is indelibly fixed in my memory. But what our media and then-government did with this event, however, is unforgivable and always will be. How many hundreds of times did we need to see those planes hit and the towers fall before these idiots decided we were sated? And the Patriot Act? What a despicable and sleazy use of the "P" word, which, in any case, remains as always the "refuge of scoundrels."
Danielle Gardner (shown at left), the woman who made this documentary that has been hanging around unreleased for the past year or so. We are finally seeing a theatrical release happen now, on the 12th anniversary of 9/11. (I caught up with the documentary at a special screening yesterday in a conference room at the United Nations.) The film, after showing us all over again (and again) what happened -- yes: planes crashing, towers falling, the rubble aftermath -- concerns itself mostly with Cantor Fitzgerald and how its CEO Howard Lutnick (below) was turned by the media into a (very) tearful sort of mascot for the bereaved (he lost his brother on that day) who promised to aid the families of his lost employees, but then, when help did not come quickly enough, was turned on and vilified by that same, ever-caring media.