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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Completely enjoyable documentary about Philippe Petit's passion (and madness) to perform a wire act between the tallest buildings at the time. Beautifully shot with home video, black and white, stills and news report footage. What engrosses the viewer is if they'll actually pull it off with the wire setup and security enforcement at the World Trade Centre. Goes to show that the impossible is possible after all.
The ambition of this man almost defies description. I can't say I'd ever try to do the same but I find his story to be a huge inspiration. He set his mind on what he thought at times to be an impossible task but even so still pushed himself onward into the unknown because he wanted it badly enough.
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.