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Import Blu-ray/Region All Pressing. Man on Wire is a spellbinding documentary that chronicles the stunning achievement of one Philippe Petit, a French-born performance artists who walked a hire wire between the south and north towers of the World Trade Center in New York during the '70s. The stunt-six years in the planning-involved meticulous organization and was completely illegal. Not content attempting the death-defying feat once, Petit would complete the walk 110 floors above the streets of Manhattan eight times, only stopping when he was arrested. Directed by British filmmaker James Marsh, Man on Wire celebrates this truly incredible event and sheds light upon the man that made it happen. Score by Michael Nyman.
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I remember seeing this documentary several years ago and was totally amazed at the intensity
of this man's dream to wire walk between the twin towers of the world trade centre.
The determination to attempt this walk and the planning of getting in to the buildings
to study every detail of getting the necessary equipment up to the roof and assembled
was truly amazing.
I have since watched The Walk at the cinema and it was so awe inspiring that I wanted
to see the original documentary again. The courage of this man is incredible. It is
even more emotional to watch now that the world trade centre towers no longer exist
so his achievement will never be challenged by anyone else. It was very moving to see
how this can bring his accomplices to tears so many years later
The events themselves fuse together performance art, installation and parcour and seem a very long way from the type of wire act seen in the circus. There is a joining together of nations in the people interviewed but this does not detract from watching, it is easily understood and the subtitling is minimal. Shot in a lovely soft grainy, retro style it speaks beautifully as windows into the past when the events occurred. Those events almost being outdone in the detailed and tenacious preparations. The understanding of the architecture, the study of the security, the rehearsals and the preparations of the man to undertake the mission with virtually only the resources he came into the world with. Amazing.
Lots of faults if you want to judge it by different criteria but I have never come to grips with the tale (I had previously read the Petite's autobiography)
What he did was amazing - not just the feat but how a bunch of amateurs, within a tiny amount of time, prepared the wire between the towers.
The walk itself (40 minutes) was not just phenomenal but showed that humans really are capable of the indescribable. The concentration Petite exhibits is awesome - as a dreadful musician I would die for 1% of his concentration
The film is also moving, and certainly shows the huge difference between humans.
There is though for me a strange point, or parallel. This 'tale' starts before the Twin Towers were fully operational.
Too many the towers symbolised and represented perhaps the might and power of American capitalism.
Yet at the beginning a handful of mere,dedicated humans mastered them seeing them as the ultimate challenge
Their end seems to me identical, albeit of a completely different nature. A few dedicated people also saw them as a symbol to 'master' which again they did in the most amateur and inexpensive of ways.
Double hubris, which I sincerely hope is not an offensive comment given the tragic ending of the towers
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