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.
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.
(3.5) Seeing this only after its more recent remake (The Walk), I realize how different it is in telling the same inspiring story of redefining limits. Sure, it wouldn't be as impressive on a big screen, with the POV shots immersing you into the high-wire walking experience, but you get to see actual footage of those involved (although not the walk per se - bummer!). Poetic at times, with graciously selected music.