Man on Wire

Man on Wire is a documentary that was directed by James Marsh and released in 2008. It tells the story of Phillipe Petit, a Frenchman who walked on a wire between the World Trade Center’s twin towers in 1974. A review from New York Magazine asserts that as opposed to the immediate reaction of the press after Petit was arrested, instead of asking why, the film asks “How the hell?” Despite the obvious authenticity of the film recreation of Petit’s adventure, it is interesting that that the film features narration from Petit himself. In addition to the narration, there are very captivating images. One shot of Petit suspended between the two towers makes it seem like he’s floating on air. In another shot, Petit is suspended between the towers of Notre Dame, while priests inside are worshipping God above them. Ironically, they are unaware that Petit is tight-roping over their place of worship. The New York review notes that this scene portrays that “we must learn to take our miracles where we find them.” Ultimately, the review asserts that despite the fact that the film takes place in a different era in which we had different notions of safety and the World Trade Center was still standing, Man on Wire manages to freeze time and bring the story of Petit alive in the present.

Read the New York Magazine review

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  1.   daftar formasiqq on April 2nd, 2020

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    David Rand – Writing New York

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