Man on Wire
Directed by James Marsh. UK. 2008. PG-13. 94 minutes.
Fri., September 12, 2008 thru Thu., September 18, 2008
"On August 7, 1974, Philippe Petit and a small band of associates rigged a tightrope cable between the twin towers of the still-under-construction World Trade Center; then Petit spent 45 minutes walking back and forth in mid-air, before the police threatened to pluck him off with a helicopter. James Marsh's documentary Man On Wire offers a meticulously detailed look back at the event, reconstructed via talking-head interviews, archival footage, and somewhat corny re-enactments. Marsh adds a repetitive, dreamy Michael Nyman score, giving Man On Wire a sort of Errol Morris-y aspect—though Marsh is more direct and less interested in exploring tangents than Morris tends to be. The movie starts with Petit talking about how he skirted security to get into the World Trade Center in the first place, and then it works backward and forward until the story is complete—right through the nerve-wracking, awe-inspiring moment when Petit steps into the chasm and enchants the world." (Noel Murray, The Onion A.V. Club)
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