Man on Wire
UK/US, 2008 94 min, documentary
Here is an invitation to accompany Philippe Petit, French master of the high wire, on his walk through space, between the Twin Towers in NYC.
Through a series of interviews with Petit and his team of close friends, we witness the formation of the dream in 1960's France, the rigorous training and preparation for the project over a decade, culminating in the tense pre-dawn hours of August 7, 1974, with the ingenious, covert transport of massive equipment to the 82nd floor of the South Tower , and the engineering brilliance of setting up successfully a high wire cable. The grand finale transports, with the phantasmagoric image of Petit emerging 450 metres above ground from the clouds. This combination of documentary and sang-froid thriller is not to be missed. Cirque de Soleil without the safety net!
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