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Film expert praises Oliver Stone's 'World Trade Center' film

UPI News Service, 08/08/2006 

A film expert at Indiana's Purdue University praises director Oliver Stone's portrayal of Sept. 11, 2001, in his film "World Trade Center."

A press release from the university said the English Professor William J. Palmer believed Stone's cinematic approach to the event surrounding the terrorist attack was ideal, as it focused on the optimistic side of the tragedy rather than the negative.

Palmer said, "9/11 was a frightening, tragic, deadly historical touchstone, but Oliver Stone has chosen to focus upon the heroism and resilience of America in the face of those terrible events. That is what movies do best. They find human resilience and endurance in the midst of brutal reality."

"Trade Center" is due out for release on Wednesday and portrays the real-life rescuers and survivors of the horrifying event.

The release also said Palmer applauded Hollywood's four-year delay in making cinematic interpretations of Sept. 11, pointing out the movie industry had released films based on Vietnam War events and Watergate within two years of their occurrence.

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