Man on Wire

Man on Wire

DVD - 2008
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"Thorough, understated and altogether enthralling documentary."--New York Times
"'Man on Wire' is about the vanquishing of the towers by bravery and joy, not by terrorism."--Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"One of the most wildly entertaining docs of recent years."--Variety
A look at the high-wire walk made by Philippe Petit in 1974 between the World Trade Center's Twin Towers in New York City, and how it is still considered one of history's most artistic crimes.
Publisher: [United States] : Magnolia Home Entertainment, 2008
Edition: Widescreen ed
Branch Call Number: 791.34 AV DVD MAN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 94 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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gnomenut
Feb 20, 2017

A fascinating documentary about the very enigmatic Philippe Petit, the cast of characters with whom he surrounded himself, and ultimately, his attempt to place a high-wire, and walk between the two towers of the WTC. Don't watch this film if you haven't already seen "The Walk". The Walk is the dramatized story, and will be much better enjoyed before knowing all the back-story in detail. If you've already seen The Walk, then follow-up with this film, which will fill in some details, and give genuine presence to the various characters. Very well done; an excellent watch.

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Annieoywong
Nov 14, 2016

This is a fascinating and amazing documentary. The true story of Philippe Petit walked on wire between New York City's twin towers in 1974.
Worth watching !

Man on Wire is a fascinating documentary and the photographs are riveting. Phillipe Petit is a true artist and so alive. His friends are so real and loyal. Inspiring. Courageous. Check out the photography show of Jean-Louis Blondeau "55 photographs" (link: http://www.jlblondeau.com/en/collection/1/precarious-moments.html.
After you see this documentary I doubt you will be able to watch "The Walk". Not even the talents of Joseph Gordon-Levitt can save the disastrous casting and make-up of the modern remake.

ChiPubLib_Adults Oct 06, 2015

Fans of the movie The Walk should consider checking out this Oscar-winning documentary that also told Philippe Petit's story.

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akirakato
May 20, 2015

This is a 2008 British documentary directed by James Marsh.
This film chronicles Philippe Petit's 1974 high-wire walk between the Twin Towers of New York's World Trade Center.
It presents the rare footage of the preparations for the event and still photographs of the walk, alongside re-enactments and present-day interviews with the participants.
It is a fascinating, thrilling and mind-boggling documentary.

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Ron@Ottawa
Apr 10, 2015

A pretty good documentary on a man and his obsession to walk a wire connecting the NYC twin towers in the 70's. A lot of background info on the walker and the feat his pulled with his team members.

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anaemic
Feb 04, 2015

An amazing and inspiring documentary film with some great archive footage.
Very well directed by James Marsh.

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Isley
Jun 12, 2014

I have to give this movie major props for managing to suck me in despite initially having no interest in watching it. I don’t know that I really buy into the conceptual art stuff, but that's ok because, at its heart, this is really a heist movie with a charismatic lead--and it actually happened!

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Marzipan50
Mar 25, 2014

Very good. It's hard to imagine how they put up that wire between the two Towers and Philippe Petit was amazing how he numerously and easily walked across it.

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paulkarlson
Feb 28, 2012

4 of 5 stars. Not bad for a documentary with POV reenactments. What does the stunt symbolize? Perhaps by bringing the two monolithic towers together for one short kiss, he is a sort of cupid. Perhaps by breaking into privatized corporate space and appropriating it for public entertainment, he is a sort of graffiti artist. Perhaps now in this "Homeland Security" fear-industry age, he is a court jester -the first foreigner "terrorist" in tights to bring the WTCs' towering symbolic power down a notch. Or perhaps it's just that he can face death without falling, whereas most of us will fall without facing life.

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