All My Little Words

Man on Wire

Posted in Uncategorized by nickchristian on January 14, 2009

Really lovely documentary. Find it slightly strange that someone could think of it as a heist movie when, to me at least, it’s more about passions and dreams and living the impossible.

A heist movie is all about the ‘how’ while Man on Wire is all about the ‘him’. The process, the preparation and the problems, although detailed in the film, is of  much less interest than the protagonist. Petit is a fascinating character; utterly self-absorbed and solipsistic, I’m not sure he even acknowledges the enormous contribution of his friends to his walk between the towers, nor the sacrifice they make to enable him to achieve it.

In one of the opening shots we find ourselves witness to the birth of the twin towers as the earth-movers begin to tackle the site. Eerily evocative of the scene almost thirty years later when the heavy machinery once again moved in to excavate the ground following the collapse of the towers. 9/11, alough unmentioned, looms heavily  but respectfully over this film.

Urge you all to borrow it from me.

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