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As Kassovitz would say "Jusqu'ici tout va bien"
on 30 July 2009
It's nearly 35 years ago since Phillipe Petit decided he wanted to wire walk across the World Trade Centre in New York City, and this documentary takes a look at the man, his helpers and the mammoth task of getting to actually do it.
We see Petit's past, and how he came to become a man obsessed with wire walking the WTC, which even without going to NYC you know is a dangerous task - and you get perspectives from his girlfriend at the time, his friends who helped, and the Americans who made it possible for him to do such a thing.
This is fascinating rather than anything else, I still think he's absolutely bonkers to have done it, but you also have to see the other side of the coin, he will be the ONLY person to have ever done it, crazy or not, he's probably in the Guinness Book of Records and it's probably the highest anyone has gone to. After all he didn't really do much damage, but he did trespass and if he had fell then he would have caused a lot of problems, so yes, you can see why the police were angry, but they'd have never given him permission to do it; and this was well before health and safety legislation was invented. Is he crazy? That's up to you to decide, shame there wasn't more commentary from the law enforcement side, yes we do get an old video of the cop talking about it, but otherwise it's really not much, everything is from Petit's side, but it still makes good cinema.
There are no extras on this DVD sadly, which is quite annoying, but what could you do? I guess extended interviews with Petit, his girlfriend Annie, maybe the other French guys Jean-Louis Blondeau or Jean François Heckel; but really there's nothing much more that could be said.
This is worth renting, wouldn't bother buying it, it won't be something you come back to often.