Man on Wire

Released 2008


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    On August 7th 1974, a young Frenchman called Philippe Petit stepped out on a wire suspended between New York's twin towers, then the world-s tallest buildings. After an hour dancing on the wire, with no safety net or harness, he was arrested and thrown into an underground prison. Until that moment no one but Petit and his team of accomplices, who had spent months planning their illegal 'coup' (as they referred to it amongst themselves) knew anything about it. Born out of a dream and an idea, Petit and his team of accomplices spent eight months planning the execution of their 'coup' in the most intricate detail. Like a team of professional bank robbers planning their most ambitious heist, the tasks they faced seemed virtually insurmountable: they would have to find a way to bypass the WTC's security; to smuggle the wire and rigging equipment into the towers; to suspend the wire between the two towers; to secure the wire at the correct tension to withstand the winds and the swaying of the buildings; to rig it secretly by night - all without being caught. Not to mention the walk itself... Directed by James Marsh (The King, Wisconsin Death Trip), Man on Wire brings Petit's extraordinary adventure to life through the testimony of all the co-conspirators who created the single, beautiful spectacle that became known as "the artistic crime of the century".moreless
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    A ten minute clip courtesy of Empire for Man on Wire, a film that takes a look at tightrope walker Philippe Petit's daring, but illegal, high-wire routine performed between New York City's World Trade Centre's Twin Towers in 1974, what some consider, "the artistic crime of the century."moreless
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    Man on Wire is a 2008 Academy Award winning best documentary. The film follows the daring, illegal, breathtaking, and somewhat inspiring journey of one man, Philippe Petit, and his 1974 mission to cable walk between New York City's Twin Towers ' the then highest buildings in the world. Told by Philippe and close friends, the story outlines his six-year dream to walk between the towers. Petit spent eight months in New York City planning his amazing dance 1,350 feet above Manhattan. The film is adrenaline packed as it covers how he planned and staged the coup in which he and his small group of friends had to find a way to bypass the World Trade Center's security, smuggle the enormous and heavy cabling into the towers, pass the wire between the two buildings, and anchor it strong enough to withstand the wind and fluctuation of the towers. On August 7th 1974, the young Frenchman stepped out onto the wire. It took a little over an hour of his performance until he was arrested. This film is the story of one man's dream and the ability of human perseverance.moreless