“1974. 1,350 feet up. The artistic crime of the century.” That is the tagline for the beautiful, thrilling, and inspiring documentary titled Man On Wire about a man named Philippe Petit whose dream it was to tightrope walk between the two buildings that made up New York City’s World Trade Center.
The film is made up of real interview accounts from Philippe himself, a charismatic and charming man whose passion for life is contagious, as well as his friends and accomplices in his endeavors. These interviews are spliced in between photographs and footage from 1974 as Philippe and his friends prepare for his daring deed and reenactments of their adventure, none of which are distracting in the least, which to me is impressive. As the story unfolds it is accompanied by a beautiful soundtrack that perfectly compliments and accentuates the poetic nature of Philippe’s heist. The film also incorporates shadows in a very inventive way. Watching Philippe walk back and forth looking as though he is floating in the air a quarter of a mile up is absolutely awe inspiring, and is a feat the likes of which will never be seen again. This film was wonderful, and I highly recommend it.
My rating: 9/10.