As we discussed in class on Tuesday, the Statue of Liberty is extremely symbolic of the freedom, power, dignity, etc. of our nation. This view is then sometimes taken even further by filmmakers, increasing the statue’s iconic status, since movies are so prevalent in pop culture, both in America and abroad. Two of the most famous films that exaggerate Lady Liberty’s strength and power are The Day After Tomorrow and Independence Day. It’s no surprise that The Day After Tomorrow’s movie poster is centered around the Statue of Liberty, since seeing her damaged figure symbolizes just how catastrophic the disaster in the film was. Both of these films are about disasters to our nation, but I don’t think viewers realize the severity of the situation that the filmmakers are trying to express until they see the Statue of Liberty–which is always so dignified, poised, and unwavering, regardless of what comes her way–destroyed and literally crumbling to the ground. This image shocks people, causing the films to seem much more dramatic and real.
While searching for these images, I actually found a website listing all of the films that include a damaged Lady Liberty in this manner, and it is a surprisingly long list, especially considering how iconic and powerfully the statue is perceived. The website is here, if anyone is interested in checking it out: http://io9.com/332588/movies-that-smash-the-statue-of-liberty.