An exemplary documentary. I really warmed to him at first but then found his lack of loyalty and crassness disturbing. I guess it is easy to walk between the twin towers if your ego is bigger than both of them. Intrigued as much by the story that is left untold.
An exquisite escapade..... "Magnificent men and women walking in thin air", I do that' .............. A superb recreation of an impossible achievement . With the bonus of copious archive material of the construction of the charismatic and titanic W.T.C. buildings their interiors and environs. A strange reality is created in this BBC film, posing the questions, what is reality,?what is conspiracy?what have I seen?
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.
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.