Man on Wire (2008) - Oscar ® Winner!
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|1974. 1350 Feet Up. The Artistic Crime of the Century.
|On August 7th 1974, a young Frenchman named Philippe Petit stepped out on a wire illegally rigged between the New York World Trade Center's twin towers. After nearly an hour dancing on the wire, he was arrested, taken for psychological evaluation, and brought to jail before finally being released. This documentary incorporates Petit's footage to show the numerous extraordinary challenges he faced in completing the artistic crime of the century.|
"...perfectly poised between artistry and audacity. It's beautiful. Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"As suspenseful as a full-blown thriller. Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"One of the most wildly entertaining docs of recent years. Robert Koehler, Variety
"...the first film that plays on what could become a phenomenon of the new millennium: World Trade Center nostalgia. William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Editor's NoteJames Marsh's dazzling, invigorating documentary MAN ON WIRE tells the story of a truly inspiring figure. In the early 1970s, a fiery young Frenchman named Philippe Petit wanted to shake up the world. When he saw the World Trade Center being built in New York City, he found his mission. Petit was a trained high wire walker, and his goal was to set up a wire between the two towers and give the world a show it could never have expected. As is often the case with these endeavors, the actual high-wire walking was the easiest part of the plan. For nearly seven years, Petit worked on the project, recruiting associates who supported him every step of the way. Finally, after eight months in New York, the day came when Petit and his cronies jumped into action. This wasn't easy. They had to find a way to sneak past security and make their way to the top of the towers with heavy equipment, at which point they had to battle the elements to install the wire. After many close scares, the time came for Petit to realize his dream--and the rest, as they say, is history. Marsh crafts MAN ON WIRE like a heist film, presenting rare and fascinating footage of the actual event alongside flawless reenactments and modern-day interviews with the participants. The result is an immersive, emotionally gratifying motion picture, made all the more stimulating by Michael Nyman's electrifying score.
Man on Wire - DVD Review
By: Dusty Somers Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 12/21/2008 5:27 PM
|As gripping as the best caper films, and as fascinating as the best fiction screenplays, Man on Wire is one of the best films of the year, documentary or otherwise. It’s a brilliant and beautiful piece of filmmaking that’s worthy of the incredible feat it tells of, and in many ways, just like feat it's vibrant, whimsical and stunning....read the full review|
Cast & Crew
|Michael Nyman - Composer|
|Jonathan Hewes - Executive Producer|
|Igor Martinovic - Director of Photography|
|Philippe Petit - Subject|
|J. Ralph - Additional Music/Songs|
|Simon Chinn - Producer|
|Philippe Petit - Source Writer|
|James Marsh - Director|
Independent Spirit (2009)
|James Marsh, Nominee, Best Documentary|
|James Marsh, Simon Chinn, Nominee, Best Documentary, Features|
British Academy Awards (2009)
|Simon Chinn, Nominee, Carl Foreman Award for the Most Promising Newcomer|
|Simon Chinn, James Marsh, Winner, Outstanding British Film|
Sundance Film Festival (2008)
|James Marsh, Winner, Audience Award - World Cinema - Documentary|
|James Marsh, Winner, Grand Jury Prize - World Cinema - Documentary|
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