Congratulations to ‘Man On Wire’


wireMan 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.  

7 comments on “Congratulations to ‘Man On Wire’

  1. Lux says:

    I rented this one out yesterday after seeing it won the Oscar. I was wondering where his income was coming from, how he got the money to go back and forward to the US. It was really interesting though.

  2. Katherine says:

    Let’s hope it now gets another run on a few big cinema screens. Looked for it when it was first released and no cinema near me was showing it.

  3. will says:

    Yeah i had the same issue Katherine, but i will be sure to rent this out soon.

  4. Matt says:

    Fantastic film – gripping and strangely moving.

    Richard’s right – you should see it.

  5. Joe Smith says:

    The photographer who helped Petit in the planning stages of the WTC walk has set up a web site for the photographs that appeared in the film MAN ON WIRE.
    Great stuff..Go look at it!

  6. Katherine says:

    Have now seen it. Borrowed the DVD from the local library. Just amazing, the sheer enormity of what Petit did. Very moving. A life changing event for all concerned. Will be thinking about it for quite some time to come.

  7. Katlyn says:

    how can i change my billing info (or am i being stupid, here?)

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