Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Liberty Under Attack

By Mike Gillis

The new teaser poster for "Cloverfield," the top-secret movie project from J.J. Abrams, has been circulating for a few weeks. As a piece of premature promotion, it's not that impressive. (See our earlier take on "Cloverfield.")

What is it with blockbusters all wanting a piece of the Statue of Liberty? The teaser trailer for "Cloverfield" features a quick shot of the head of the statue rolling down a New York street.

But who is shocked or even offended at the sight of a defiled Ms. Liberty these days? After all, she's fallen victim to a host of sinister plots over the course of cinematic history.

Certainly the statue has figured into some finer cinematic moments, such as Hitchcock's "Saboteur," and even as a sign of hope in Charlie Chaplin's "The Immigrant."

But it's more often been a target of the blockbuster.

Here are some other clips and movie posters featuring the Statue of Liberty.

"Escape from New York"

"Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins"

"The Day After Tomorrow"

"United 93"

"Planet of the Apes"


For more on the Statue of Liberty in popular culture, see this page: