Tuesday, December 23, 2008

High Above

Man on Wire (Magnolia)

Philippe Petit's daring August 1974 high-wire walk at the World Trade Center was an amazing—and, in hindsight, poignant—achievement recounted in James Marsh's Man on Wire. Though suffering from contrived re-enactments of the planning and carrying out of the young Frenchman's "impossible dream," it’s a valuable study of a non-conformist—and in interviews, Petit still comes across as a ball of untamed energy. Strangely, Man on Wire’s score is lifted from Michael Nyman’s witty music for Peter Greenaway's films The Draughtsman's Contract, The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover, etc.; but that’s a small quibble. Extras include a longer Petit interview, a featurette about his walk over the Sydney Bridge and an animated short based on the children’s book, The Man Who Walked Between the Towers.

originally posted on timessquare.com

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