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.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have been to New York, but I don't recall these World Trade Center buildings. Where are they?

Anonymous said...

I might be going out on a wire here but I think everyone knows how the buildings met their demise.

Bigwillie02 said...

Man on wire was a great film. I'm not much of a documentary guy, but that was unbeliveable what he was able to do. The best part was when the police finally got to the top he would just toy with them cause he knew they weren't going to come out on the wire to get him.

Anonymous said...

I'll bet even BG's companion wouldn't even sit through that snoozer of a show.

Anonymous said...

Did they show how they were able to create enough tension to keep the wire tight?

Did they use large timbers to tie the wire to?

Anonymous said...

That's certainly one way to overcome your fear of heights!

Anonymous said...

Mark Cuban thanks you actually watching one of the crappy films from his distribution company.

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed it...and actually felt my chest hurt as he was about to go out on the wire! Sad note that he love affair ended at the moment of his dream

Anonymous said...

They used to call me "Wired Man".

Anonymous said...

thats Funny just watched it also...great flick...me loves me some NetFlix..hey google that Film co...they have some other greats..