Man on Wire

Man on Wire

DVD - 2008
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"On August 7th, 1974, a young Frenchman named Philippe Petit stepped out on a wire illegally rigged between the New York World Trade Center's Twin Towers. After dancing for nearly an hour on the wire, he was arrested, taken for psychological evaluation, and brought to jail, before finally being released. This extraordinary documentary incorporates Petit's personal footage to show how he overcame seemingly insurmountable challenges to achieve the artistic crime of the century"--Container.
Published: Los Angeles, Calif. : Magnolia Home Entertainment, [2008]
Edition: Widescreen.
Branch Call Number: DVD 791.3409 MAN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (94 min.) :,sd., col. with b&w sequences ;,4 3/4 in.


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JCLBryanV Feb 03, 2017

A profound chronicle of an artistic crime-as-modern-metaphor, namely how French high-wire artist Phillipe Petit managed to stage a solo high wire act between the World Trade Center's Twin Towers in 1974. "Man on Wire" is ultimately about the creative process and the life of an artist whose vision and talent result in sublime performance art. Petit comes across as a man consumed by his vision to walk between the towers. Video footage of the actual event is simultaneously exhilarating and melancholic. This is a movie that will stay with you.

Dec 14, 2015

truly amazing wonder they made a movie out of this crazy story !

real_thing Oct 19, 2015


rodprops Sep 28, 2015

I've seen this movie over a year ago. The stunts he did was frightening & sick, but awesome. Walking tight ropes over many tall structures around the world was insane!

KCLSRecommends Mar 21, 2014

The true story of the daredevil who snuck up and tightrope walked across the twin towers of NYC! (a cornerstone of the novel, "Let the Great World Spin")

aaa5756 Aug 31, 2013

well done documentary. This movie was interesting, informative, and worse seeing!! I recommend this movie for all to see.

Bettylg May 17, 2011

From the moment this documentary began I was drawn in to the unusual and beguiling story of Petit and his audacious high wire walk between the Twin Towers. Petit's story is inspiring and Marsh, the director, hits all the right notes in this 94 minute not to be missed film.

carlcav Apr 18, 2011

One of the great modern docs -- a compelling combination of reenactment, historical footage, and commentary. I was terrified watching in my comfy chair, but then I don't really like heights!

Jun 27, 2010

Generally inspiring first-person docudrama about how French aerialist Philippe Petit achieved his dream of illegally walking a tightrope between the twin towers of Manhattan's World Trade Centre in 1974. My one reservation is that the film's reality-TV-style production techniques & historical reenactments (using young actors with uncanny physical resemblances to Petit & his team) seem forced & bent on imposing too much of a PR spin on past history.

Aug 13, 2009

Brilliant. Funny, tense and very entertaining. A must- see. Phillippe's charecter was one of my favourite aspects of the movie, always so optomistic an always with something funny to put even into the darkest and most tense parts of the story. Two thumbs up!

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