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Man on Wire

(DVD - 2008 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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"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 dancing for nearly an hour on the wire, he was arrested, taken for psychological evaluation, and brought to jail, before finally being released. This extraordinary documentary incorporates Petit's personal footage to show how he overcame seemingly insurmountable challenges to achieve the artistic crime of the century"--Container.
Title: Man on wire
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: Los Angeles, Calif. : Magnolia Home Entertainment, [2008]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (94 min.) :,sd., col. with b&w sequences ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Based on the memoir: To reach the clouds / by Philippe Petit.
Special features (43 min.): "Philippe Petit - Sydney, 1973" short film (20 min.); "An interview with Philippe Petit" (13 min.); "The man who walked between the Towers" animated film (c2005, 10 min.).
Summary: "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 dancing for nearly an hour on the wire, he was arrested, taken for psychological evaluation, and brought to jail, before finally being released. This extraordinary documentary incorporates Petit's personal footage to show how he overcame seemingly insurmountable challenges to achieve the artistic crime of the century"--Container.
Audience: MPAA rating PG-13 for some sexuality, nudity, and drug use.
Awards & Distinctions: Academy Award for Documentary Feature, 2008.
Statement of Responsibility: Discovery Films, BBC Storyville, and the UK Film Council present ; a Wall to Wall production, in association with Red Box Films ; directed by James Marsh ; produced by Simon Chinn
Credits: Director of photography, Igor Martinovic ; film editor, Jinx Godfrey ; music by Michael Nyman, J. Ralph.
Performers: Philippe Petit.
System Details: DVD; Region 1; NTSC; Widescreen format (1.78:1) ;Dolby digital 5.1 or Dolby digital 2.0.
Other Language: Closed-captioned.
In English, with optional Spanish subtitles.
Subject Headings: Tightrope walking New York (State) New York. Aerialists France Biography. World Trade Center (New York, N.Y.) Petit, Philippe, 1949-
Genre/Form: Biographical films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Documentary films.
Topical Term: Tightrope walking
Aerialists
Publisher No: 10156
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Mar 21, 2014
  • KCLSRecommends rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The true story of the daredevil who snuck up and tightrope walked across the twin towers of NYC! (a cornerstone of the novel, "Let the Great World Spin")

Aug 31, 2013
  • aaa5756 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

well done documentary. This movie was interesting, informative, and worse seeing!! I recommend this movie for all to see.

May 17, 2011
  • Bettylg rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

From the moment this documentary began I was drawn in to the unusual and beguiling story of Petit and his audacious high wire walk between the Twin Towers. Petit's story is inspiring and Marsh, the director, hits all the right notes in this 94 minute not to be missed film.

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