• Man on Wire

    2008. Great Britain. James Marsh. 94 min.

Saturday, December 6, 2008, 1:00 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2

  • Man on Wire

    2008. Great Britain. Directed by James Marsh. This thrillingly dramatic story begins in the mid-1960s, when French teenager Philippe Petit is first learning to walk a high wire and Richard Nixon is in the White House. Petit's dream to balance in the air between the World Trade Towers is inspired by a newspaper article he reads at his dentists' office about the towers' construction, and his desire grows as the towers slowly rise. The film follows Petit, his closest childhood friends, and those who join in (and drop out) along the way, as they make test "walks" at other sites and plot a strategy for making his dream a reality. The sheer audacity, courage, and folly of Petit and his cadre in their pursuit of this illegal and dangerous act are captured through interviews, archival footage, and reenactments that weave between the preparations and the actual feat, which finally took place early in the morning on August 26, 1974. 94 min.

In the Film exhibition The Contenders, 2008

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