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Man on Wire (8/10)
by Tony Medley
Run time: 94 minutes
On August 7, 1974, the day
before Richard Nixon resigned, Frenchman Philippe Petit high-wire walked
between the two towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. This
James Marsh documentary chronicling the event comes across like a good
caper flick, as Petit’s team planned its clandestine assault for eight
months (Petit had been planning it for six years), finally smuggling all
the gear into the towers and onto the roofs. Despite a ragtag team of
compatriots, this is a compelling story of what has been called “the
artistic coup of the century,” using archival films and interviews with
Petit and all the members of his team, both from the early ‘70s and from
the present day, to tell the story of this remarkable feat.
This film, although a
documentary, is like a caper film. James Marsh has used archival footage
and interviews The people that Petit recruited to be part of his team
sometimes come across as a modern day reincarnation of the keystone
cops, so diverse and bizarre are they all. The fact that these people
accomplished what they did is almost as remarkable as Petit’s
achievement in walking between the two towers.
Although 94 minutes is a
little too long to tell this story, the last half hour, when Petit
actually mounts the wire and starts his jaunt, is so tense that my heels
felt weak as I watched Petit dance out across the chasm between the
towers, over 1,000 feet above the ground. Since the entire affair was
clandestine, until the throngs below looked up and saw him up there,
there was no net. If Petit made just one misstep, it was curtains.
Most of us, if we were
actually crazy enough to try something this daring, would just want to
get across, get it over with. Not Petit, once he was out there on the
wire he savored every minute, going back and forth, back and forth,
lying down, doing all sorts of things, for almost 45 minutes. He admits
that he was very close to death (duh!).
It would take a cool
customer, indeed, not to feel the tension when Petit ventures out onto
the wire for his 45-minute journey 1,350 feet above New York’s streets.
This is a fascinating account of a moment from history that will never