‘Twin Towers Movie Cameos’ Video Marks 9/11 Anniversary With Moving Pop Culture Tribute

By Julie Parise, CBSNewYork.com

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — For nearly 10 years, the Twin Towers have been absent from the New York City skyline.

We still see occasional glimpses of the former World Trade Center site in the seemingly countless Big Apple-based movies and television shows made prior to the day of the worst attack ever on American soil. They serve as intermittent reminders of life before the death and destruction our city – and our world – saw that day.

New York City-based videographer Dan Meth has collected several of the skyscrapers’ Silver Screen appearances for a moving tribute to the Towers, released just in time for the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

The Twin Towers Movie Cameos is a video montage of just that – cameos made by the World Trade Center in over 25 movies, including King Kong, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, Superman, The Sentinel, Ghostbusters II and When Harry Met Sally.

Photos: 9/11/2001 | The Day After

“It’s by no means an all-comprehensive list,” said Meth, who grew up in the New York City area and lived in Astoria at the time of the attacks. “Some of my rules were that it had to be pre-9/11 footage, I didn’t want to use any digital recreations of movies from the past decade.”

The featured cameos are set to three songs: Dennis Park’s “Like an Eagle,” “Once In A Lifetime” by the Talking Heads and a mash-up of Notorious B.I.G.’s “Juicy” with Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York.”

“I chose songs that I thought had the feel of New York in that decade, but were kind of haunting at the same time,” Meth said.

“I was surprised nobody had done it,” he said of the project. “The Twin Towers were, as with everybody, they were just a natural part of the landscape, so 9/11 will always be this dividing point in your life,” he said.

Noticeably absent from the video is a scene of the post-9/11 World Trade Center site.

“I was really trying not to think of this as a 9/11 video,” he said. “It’s more of a celebration of when the Towers were standing and the 30 years before 9/11. As hard as it is to think of the World Trade Center in any other context, what I wanted to make was a video just about the Twin Towers.”
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  • n.p.f.

    A Tenth Anniversary Tribute to the Fallen Heroes of September 11th, 2001 …  sung by a Virtual Choir.

    Listen:   www.jontzen.com/tributes911/we_will_remember_10th_year.htm

  • jimmy

    The FBI and DEA fabricate evidence, steal from suspects and use murder to close bad cases.

    There is evidence that several corrupt DoJ, DoD and CIA employees had taken bribes from Al Quida in exchange for information and logistics support during the four years prior to 9/11.

    When one considers that the 9/11 terrorists could take jumbo jet flying lessons, move about the US unobstructed, live for several weeks less than 2 miles from NSA head quarters and be on State Department watch lists, even without the supporting evidence of bribery this makes sense.
    If FBI and DEA where less concerned with enriching themselves by stealing from suspects and taking bribes and more concerened with doing their jobs, 911 may never have happened.

  • 911 Memorial

    Really nice 10th Anniversary Tribute – to New Yorkers – http://youtu.be/Vs-MEPUyuGI

  • Conspiracy Whacko Killa

    Michaelfury is delusional. There’s gotta be something much better you could be doing with your life than pushing forward an agenda of idealogical fantasies. In the age of 24/7 media, internet, WikiLeaks, etc….Ten years and NOT ONE single shred of solid proof, NOR ONE single involved person to back your fantastical claims of a perfectly executed implosion – on 3 buildings no less. NOT ONE single witness who saw a demolition crew set this all up. Oh it was a Ninja demolition crew. OK got it. NOT ONE person to come forward 10 years later. Towers 1 and 2 would’ve been enough don’t u think???? Why 7?? Why not just drop a bomb? How about a dirty nuke? Why go thru ALL that trouble?? Those r the questions u should be asking numb nut. Dude u watch WAY TOO many movies Time to step away from the video games. How about looking for the man on the grassy knoll or chupacabra that would be WAY more productive.

  • Floyd

    Is it too soon to call it like it is? 9/11 – now an official American revenue generator.

  • cashba

    We should never forget and this tribute is saying just that. It is beautiful and I love seeing it at night. I always loved the NY skyline from the Jersey side where I live. I will never forget that Tuesday morning when I was on my way to work and it was so clear and the most beautiful sky from my drive down Route 3East. Thanks for the memories as said by another icon Mr. Bob Hope. Luv to all and prayers to the families. God Bless America.

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