Man on Wire was awarded a 2009 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. This is so well-deserved. The film is one of my all time favourite documentaries, and provides a remarkable record of Philippe Petit’s 1974 high-wire walk between the Twin Towers.
Using archive footage, and filmed in the style of a heist, it shows what happens when one man had a beautiful but seemingly impossible dream, and then made that dream a reality against all of the odds.
I recently had the pleasure of seeing Philippe Petit talk about his life in person, and found him wonderfully charismatic and captivating. See it.
Trailer after the break.