Man on wire - documentary

Man on wire
Rated 95
by 4 people.

Here we watch the tremendous Man on Wire documentary. A documentation of Philippe Petit's life leading up to his daring attempt to walk between the two world trade centre buildings in 1974. This is what many say to be "the most artistic crime of the century". The Man on wire documentary is made using a lot of archive footage as well as reenactments of events leading up the highest wire walk across the twin towers in history.

History, Crime, Biography

Philippe Petit
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john rated

fantastic first account which shows the preparation behind the daring challenge, everything in-between and after.

Reviewed on October 07, 2015

straker rated

I was struck when watching the film that they structured the buildup to the wire walking coup as if the team were terrorists....they move into the South Tower at x time, sombre music and direction, black and white shots of the fake ID cards etc. It seemed kinda insensitive to start with. But then the outcome was this amazing, beautiful act of defiance against death. In retrospect, it could almost be seen as the anti-9/11. A conspiracy by anarchic artists to create joy and wonder. This was obviously the intention of the film makers, which is why the 9/11 attacks were never mentioned. You're supposed to draw the analogy yourself.

Reviewed on July 10, 2016


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