Film Comment - 07/01/2008
"[I]ts fantasy of an aesthetically driven city out of lockstep with financial or legal rationale strikes a chord..."
Sight and Sound - 08/01/2008
"[E]nthralling....A film that will surely elicit gasps of wonder from its audiences....Marsh's film is as giddy and constantly breathtaking as the story it tells."
Los Angeles Times - 08/08/2008
"James Marsh's brilliant documentary on a Frenchman's 1974 high-wire walk between the twin towers has the pace of a thriller and the human interest of a psychological drama."
Empire - 09/01/2008 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he interviews reveal Petit's grand self-confidence -- it's hard not to succumb to his enthusiasm, courage and unremitting dedication to what he argues is a true artform. After watching the film, audiences might well agree with him."
Premiere - 07/25/2008
"[A]n exploration of one man's idiosyncratic vision and a buddy-heist film....Entertaining: there's a tone of lighthearted mischievousness to the plotting and scheming of an illegal act that is essentially harmless..."
Box Office - 08/01/2008 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "The real strength of MAN ON WIRE is Petit, an incredibly lyrical storyteller....Even if they were not supplemented by often-entrancing archival images, the interviews with Petit would be enough to capture audience's attention."
Rolling Stone - 01/08/2008 Ranked #10 in Rolling Stone's 'Movies Of The Year' -- "James Marsh's film isn't just the documentary of the year, it's a salute to human endeavor."
Total Film - 01/01/2009 4 stars out of 5 -- "Marsh tracks Philippe Petit and his team as they plan, rehearse and execute the sting; switching between dramatisation and interview, pacing the build-up like an intricate action-thriller."
Entertainment Weekly - 12/26/2008
Included in Entertainment Weekly's 2008 Films Of The Year -- "[A] lyrical, wonder-filled documentary, anchored by Petit's own dramatic reminiscences..."
James Marsh's dazzling, invigorating documentary MAN ON WIRE tells the story of a truly inspiring figure. In the early 1970s, a fiery young Frenchman named Philippe Petit wanted to shake up the world. When he saw the World Trade Center being built in New York City, he found his mission. Petit was a trained high wire walker, and his goal was to set up a wire between the two towers and give the world a show it could never have expected. As is often the case with these endeavors, the actual high-wire walking was the easiest part of the plan. For nearly seven years, Petit worked on the project, recruiting associates who supported him every step of the way. Finally, after eight months in New York, the day came when Petit and his cronies jumped into action. This wasn't easy. They had to find a way to sneak past security and make their way to the top of the towers with heavy equipment, at which point they had to battle the elements to install the wire. After many close scares, the time came for Petit to realize his dream--and the rest, as they say, is history. Marsh crafts MAN ON WIRE like a heist film, presenting rare and fascinating footage of the actual event alongside flawless reenactments and modern-day interviews with the participants. The result is an immersive, emotionally gratifying motion picture, made all the more stimulating by Michael Nyman's electrifying score.
Description by Magnolia Home Entertainment:
On August 7th 1974, a young Frenchman named Philippe Petit stepped out on a wire illegally rigged between New York's twin towers, then the world's tallest buildings. After nearly an hour dancing on the wire, he was arrested, taken for psychological evaluation, and brought to jail before he was finally released.
James Marsh's documentary brings Petit's extraordinary adventure to life through the testimony of Philippe himself, and some of the co-conspirators who helped him create the unique and magnificent spectacle that became known as "the artistic crime of the century."
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