The Campaign For DA

2.21.2009

"Man On Wire"

I just watched this new documentary about Philippe Petit's 1974 tightrope walk across a cable strung between the two buildings of the World Trade Center. I can't tell you enough how great it is. I had never considered:
  • How he and his buddies were able to sneak up to the top of the towers
  • How they strung a 450 pound cable across the span in the middle of the night
  • How he went about his training by replicating the event in a field in France
  • How long he was on the wire (amazing)
  • Why the film was named "Man On Wire" instead of "Man On A Wire" or "Man On The Wire." The answer will make you smile.
And you get to see incredible film footage and still photos of his training and the actual walk (including the crowds below). Most of those involved were interviewed in the documentary and still smile with glee that they were able to pull it off. Also, the extra footage of the WTC being built a couple of years before is dang near worth watching the film alone. But there was one oddity. The film, which documents that man's obsession and love of the structure, never mentions its demise.