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Out of the Clear Blue Sky (2013)

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Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 0

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"Out of the Clear Blue Sky" tells the riveting, behind-the-scenes story of Cantor Fitzgerald. It's a story of disaster without precedent. What do you do when everything - and almost everyone - is gone? On September 10, 2001, financial firm Cantor Fitzgerald was headquartered on the top 5 floors of the World Trade Center. With offices soaring 100 stories above downtown Manhattan, the Wall Street powerhouse was unknown to the public until tragedy struck. On September 11, 2001, 658 of their

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As in most documentaries, spliced-in reenactments are unhelpful. Still, what this movie shares is of great consequence, a moving and unlikely story in a tapestry of stories about a tragic and unlikely event.

September 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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A complex story is compellingly told in this powerful 9/11 documentary.

September 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter
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Danielle Gardner's eloquent insider documentary about the Sept. 11 destruction and subsequent rebirth of the investment firm Cantor Fitzgerald.

September 6, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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[Gardner] interweaves stirring, ever-troubling9/11-related archival news footage, with personal photos and videos plus some, frankly, dispensable re-enactments.

August 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Like every individual's story of Sept. 11, this one has hidden drama, heartbreak and renewal, adding yet another thread to the tapestry.

August 9, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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A film made by and for the families of those Cantor Fitzgerald employees who lost their lives on 9/11, and for them it is by definition beautiful and striking. For everyone else, it might not quite work.

June 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Nonfics
Nonfics

Closure or exploitation, you be the judge.

September 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics
Monsters and Critics

By de-emphasizing politics in favor of humanitarianism, Danielle Gardner's work also suggests how Americans might yet unify even as the world around them threatens to tear itself apart.

September 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Compelling - it's an insider's poignant view of the harrowing tragedy.

August 24, 2013 Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate
SSG Syndicate

...a Tolstoyan reminder that all tragedies are unique.

August 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

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