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Jane Dark has a great post up about the Transformers movie… and far more than the Transformers movie. One thing, though, and a thing that I can’t really go into sufficient depth on right at the moment, as I have neither text nor time. Jane writes:

And yet it is by far the most detailed reconstruction of the iconic violence from the events of September 11, 2001. Indeed, among acts of imagination, this is the one that has been pointedly disallowed: the image not recreated in the increasing wealth of historical recreations. To think that image from a perspective too close to reality would be, as we are all given to understand, somehow pornographic; one way to understand this movie is as a sort of measuring device displaying the necessary distance of fantasy at which the events in question can be screened. Or as a particular registration of the certainty that this one day in history is to be the Rosetta Stone of American cultural imagery for the foreseeable future.

It is worth mentioning that Don DeLillo’s new Falling Man [SPOILER WARNING!] does actually conclude with a ramped-up, tour-de-force type rendition of what went on inside the towers. I’d say more, but I need my book, which isn’t at hand… Exception that proves the rule, I think…

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July 23, 2007 at 1:27 pm

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