Narrated by Fionnula Flanagan, Men at Lunch reveals the remarkable untold story behind one of the most iconic images of the 20th century, Lunch atop a Skyscraper, taken on the 69th floor of the Rockefeller Building in the autumn of 1932.
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The starting point for this documentary is the iconic photograph 'Lunch atop a Skyscraper' shot in 1932 by an anonymous photographer. What could have been a fascinating doc about the power of the imagination and the hopes and inspirations given from it instead gets bogged down in trying to authenticate photo, photographer and participants but does not have the power to prove. Interesting but of a television depth.
By indulging (at length) the fantasies of participants who claim connections to the iconic photograph; whether by descent, or heritage, or - most tenuously - by being photographer for a current skyscraper project, the movie undermines the value it could have found by taking a different and deeper approach. Cut to half an hour this might be good filler for The History Channel.