Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Man On Wire

This is a great story about a guy who wire walked between the top of the World Trade Center towers. It's told partly through home movies, reenactments, and interviews with those involved. There is some odd footage at the beginning of the towers being built, with pieces slowly being crane lifted into the air. It's like watching them fall in reverse.

But the movie never even touches on 9/11. Instead, it's an amazing and whimsical story involving the buildings, that seems completely impossible except for the fact that it's so well documented. Phillipe Petit (the wire walker) is a charismatic storyteller, and some of the images are stunning. This is one of the best documentaries I've seen in a while.

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