This Oscar-winning documentary depicts the “artistic crime of the century” in which French tightrope walker Philippe Petit performed a brave, illegal high-wire walk between the World Trade Center’s twin towers in New York City in 1974.
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Man on Wire is a suspenseful and consuming documentary. It's hard not to fall under a form of hypnosis when you watch Philippe's Petit's stunts graced by the beautiful compositions of Erik Satie; even if the main subject is occasionally self-righteous.
In any way it is an interesting movie about the passion of living against the rules. But in my opinion the talk of the interviewed persons is often a bit too overexcited; and the use of music - especially pieces from different contexts and other movies - is utterly disgusting and doesn't make any sense.
"Crazy" people who actually know what life is all about and live it to the fullest; naive and full of passion. And that's why they suceed, You have to love them. Philippe Petit is an ignorant, self-centred genius and reminds me a lot of Bob Dylan in that matter. And again: I love geniuses who are on this edge of being dooshbags. An inspirational and honest documentary, but Marsh had easy work.
It's hard to separate the film from the feat, but why should we have to? This was an amazing human feat, and the film told the story very well. I'm glad they thought to get all that footage during the preparations.
Magical and awe-inspiring, from Philippe's initial epiphany in the most mundane of places (a dentist's waiting room) through to the charm and persistence that saw him amass a gang of friends and accomplices who helped him nail the practicalities that brought his poetic vision to life.