Man on Wire Movie Review

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Composition 1
12 October 2012

“Life is like walking on a tight rope”

In the movie “Man on Wire” starring Philippe Petit, Jean Francois, Jean Louis, Blondeau, and Heckel, a British man named Philippe Petit masterminds this extravagant plan to walk a tight rope across the World Trade Center’s twin towers. This event took place in Manhattan, New York City on August 7, 1974. The film is a British documentary film directed by James Marsh. The title of the film was actually taken from the police report. The film is based on the book written by Philippe Petit himself “To reach the clouds.”

James Marsh saw the film as something to give back to the city of New York as a New Yorker himself. Marsh explains in a private interview that Philippe Petit’s act was “incredibly beautiful.” A lot of planning and practice was put into the act, Philippe’s crew that were also from Paris and good friends of Philippe including his girlfriend put everything they had into his dream of walking that tight rope across the famous Twin Towers. Philippe Petit said many times over the years that “life is like walking on a tight rope.”

The film was shown at a very slow pace and had subtitles which might make people lose interest in the first five minutes. The music that was chosen to play in the background was in my mind not the right choice due to speed and pace. It was almost like they were leading up to best part of the documentary with suspenseful music the whole film. Petit’s lover was quickly faded out of the film towards the end. I believe there was more to Philippe’s love life that James Marsh decided to leave out of the film for some reason not stated. Petit’s lover saw the act almost as a bank robbery how everything played out.

Philippe Petit ended up crossing the tight rope eight times before being stopped by the police. Petit wanted his stunt to be well documented so the world could see what went into doing something of this nature. The film ended up winning an Oscar in...
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