I saw The Walk (in 3D) before I saw Man on Wire. The movie left me breathless for fifteen whole minutes when that pivotal moment arrived: the walk between the Twin Towers—on a wire. You're breathless because this *actually* happened. And if you don't know what eventually happened, the suspense you'll feel is probably exactly how spectators reacted that fateful day.
This documentary is about that event, or more specifically, the planning, the practicing, and the outcome of all that work. This has interviews with the actual people involved as they revisit all the events that led up to "The Artistic Crime of the Century." It's structured like a heist movie, where all the pieces are discussed, which greatly builds up to "the heist."
But the thing that sticks with you at the end are the interviews with the people...
“Passion is something that knows no bounds,” says Philippe Petit, the man who strung a wire between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center and walked on it. This documentary of his breathtaking exhibition was made after the Towers were brought down by terrorists. The tension one feels watching this film, of the painstaking planning and of the event itself, is quite palpable, despite knowing the outcome. Philippe Petit’s story of dreaming big and overcoming impossible odds is timeless. The Frenchman’s charisma and enthusiasm is overwhelming and seems to spill off the screen. If ever there was a film to motivate people, to free them of their fear of failure and dare them to seek their dreams however difficult, this is it. Listening to Petit for 30 minutes you begin to believe as he does that with enough passion anything is possible.
I first learned of Philippe Petit during an interview on CNN mere days after the Towers came down. The French...
Even though I will see "The Walk" Hollywood had no business altering Philippe Petit's already perfect documentary produced by Simon Chinn & directed by James Marsh. Man on wire gave me nightmares & daydreams envisioning how anyone's knees wouldn't turn to rubber. This feat is impossible with a chute, bungee or any other backup apparatus- let alone on a cable with zero sleep, zero safety equipment, bell bottoms, fog, wind & factually stoned crew members helping with the coo. You must watch this documentary- not a catch phrase "must see". Most things can be embellished by Hollywood & it's still enjoyable, This act does not require sensationalizing. If you watch footage of our 911 red, white & blue tragedy it is truly the Frenchman Petit who accurately encompasses how indescribably horrific it was that those maniacal murderers killed thousands of innocent people & tried to crush a wonderful vibrant city's spirit. His words really hit home & he may be the most sane of...
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