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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Review of film: “MAN ON WIRE” -- Taking a TOWER-ing Walk on the Wild Sides

Review of film:  “MAN ON WIRE --   Taking a TOWER-ing Walk on the Wild Sides  =

                   [ RATING:   9 of 10 stars ] 

Date Rated: Aug 5, 2008 | Rel. Date: Jul 25, 2008 =

This (British) documentary is the fascinating true story of French high-wire walker PHILIPPE PETIT & his amazing unauthorized strolls across buildings around the world, including his unauthorized 1974 crossing between the two World Trade Center Towers in New York (when he was 25 years old)...

...  It’s easy to see why the film won awards at the Sundance Festival— the [amazingly prescient] archival footage from the time of Petit & friends & associates spending months of preparation on arranging the walk, the difficulties faced, the recollections of his friends & others, the aftermath of his efforts, etc....

...  The achievement was fantastic, & it brought back vivid memories to a lady sitting near me [at the screening] who was IN New York & witnessed the event at the time...

...  The ads call the film “exhilarating” and “riveting”— and oddly enough, that’s really accurate!

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