Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Man On Wire

The opening night film for the Newport Film Festival 2008 was Man On Wire. I was there, and could not bring myself to go into the theater. Even knowing the outcome, I could not sit in the dark and watch Philippe Petit balance across a high wire, strung between the twin towers of the World Trade Center in 1974. Scares the crap out of me. I'm happy to say that I did go into the theater for the final moments of the film and enjoyed a lively Q&A conducted by Petit. What a wonderful speaker.

I decided to see the film when it came to DVD, with the luxury of turning it off if I couldn't take it. My fears were unfounded, I was rewarded with a documentary with a dramatic structure, great archive footage and wonderful reconstruction interviews. This is a true story of passion, creativity, camaraderie, adventure, dreams, risk and determination. In the end, the crew was arrested, the details of the complaint .... "man on wire". See it!


Kalman said...

Man On Wire is my favorite film of the year so far (if I don't count the Dark Knight). It is rare to see a movie you know the ending of and have it still be so riveting.

Linda said...

J. Wise~Agreed. I watched this twice and was enthralled both times. I know I'll watch it again.