10.04.18 | Man On Wire

Document 1

The funny, engaging and thrilling film of one of the great crime capers of all time - Phillipe Petit's brave and joyful vanquishing of the Twin Towers. One of the most brilliantly creative and entertaining documentaries ever made. The film begins promptly at 6:30 PM.

Curator’s Statement: Simply put, Man on Wire is one of the most brilliantly creative documentaries ever made.  A singular hybrid documentary that captures the excitement, fear, anticipation, humor, joy and sheer exhilaration of one man’s quest to walk a wire between the Twin Towers. Winner of the Academy Award for best documentary feature.

Synopsis: Using actual footage from the event seamlessly mingled with new re-enactments, filmmaker James Marsh masterfully recreates high-wire daredevil Philippe Petit's 1974 stunt: performing acrobatics on a thin wire strung between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. Plotting his feat like a master cat burglar, Petit enlists the help of a motley group of friends as he calculates every detail, from acquiring building access to stringing up the wire, and manages to pull off an astounding crime.

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