On August 7, 1974, Philippe Petit, a French wire walker, juggler, and street performer days shy of his 25th birthday, spent 45 minutes walking, dancing, kneeling, and lying on a wire he and friends strung between the rooftops of the Twin Towers. Uses contemporary interviews, archival footage, and recreations to tell the story of his previous walks between towers of Notre Dame and of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, his passions and friendships, and the details of the night before the walk: getting cable into the towers, hiding from guards, and mounting the wire. It ends with observations of the profound changes the walk’s success brought to Philippe and those closest to him. —IMDb
James Marsh is a director of both documentary and narrative feature films. His most recent dramatic film, Red Riding: 1980, was released by the IFC in 2010. Marsh’s documentary Man on Wire premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the World Cinema Documentary Jury Prize and the Audience Award, and garnered the Academy Award for best documentary the following year. Marsh’s earlier work includes the feature film The King (Un Certain Regard, 2005 Cannes International Film Festival) and the documentary hybrid Wisconsin Death Trip. –Sundance
I watched this beautifully inspiring documentary a while back and my life's never been the same. I can't say it has changed my life physically. I'm still pretty lazy. But on a mental level, I have never been so enlightened. If you have the time, please check out this really great article on the film! http://www.unsungfilms.com/3271/man-on-wire/#
An inspiring and amazing documentary about an inspiring and amazing man. My only disappointment with the film is that the only footage of the moment everyone waited for were a handful of still images. It can't be helped, but the film is still amazing.
Title: Man on Wire
Country: UK, USA
Language: English, French
Genre: Documentary, Biography
Man on Wire
Cast: Philippe Petit
Director: James Marsh
Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and nudity, and drug references.
Runtime: 94 min
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Really wonderfull documentary and re-enactment in many ways. Considering that the world press&media presents daily world& current events that are at least dis-enchanting and are presented… read review