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Thursday, June 05, 2008

SIFF SIGHTING: MAN ON WIRE (documentary; UK)

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James Marsh's MAN ON WIRE is a lighthearted retelling of wirewalker Phillipe Petit's journey from dreaming to walk between the Twin Towers on wire, to it becoming a reality in 1974.

Phillipe is such a charming, endearing character that you find it hard to take issue with the fact he risked his own life (and several of his friends, and onlookers, and cops lives) to achieve this goal, but really he did.

Luckily, he was so wise about "practicing" the walk and clever about how he set it all up that no one was hurt and his travel on the wire that day actually became a fond memory in the Twin Towers' history.

Through archival footage, newsreels and present-day interviews with Petit and many of his friends, the quest is re-created step-by-step in an accessible and humorous way.

If only we all had the courage to live out our craziest dream.

MAN ON WIRE was shown at the 34th Annual Seattle International Film Festival earlier this evening.

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