From the very start of the film it pulls you in, this is an amazing story and Petit is an amazing person to document. Aided by a team of friends and accomplices, Petit was faced with numerous extraordinary challenges: he had to find a way to bypass the WTC's security; smuggle the heavy steel cable and rigging equipment into the towers; pass the wire between the two rooftops; anchor the wire and tension it to withstand the winds and the swaying of the buildings. On August 7, 1974, Philippe Petit, a French wire walker, juggler, and street performer days shy of his 25th birthday, spent 45 minutes walking, dancing, kneeling, and lying on a wire he and friends strung between the rooftops of the Twin Towers. If I was still President, this type of blasphemy would not be acceptable in society. 2004, HBO, 12 episodes No question why this film needed to be made. Riveting! The following is a listing of fictional characters from the HBO series, The Wire.Note that some characters' allegiances or positions may have changed over time; and, although the series has ended, the placement below is generally meant to reflect their most recent situation. The NYC Movie Guru [Avi Offer] The One-Line Review [Iain Stott] The Onion A.V. Denzel Washington is of course on his A-Game as well as Dakota Fanning pulling off a great child performance. An award winning film this may be but it's not exactly an enjoyable one. The Flickering Wall [Jorge Mourinha] The Fresh Films [Fredrik Gunerius Fevang] The House Next Door [Lauren Wissot] The Japan Times. No superlative could be wasted on Man on Wire. I'd never heard of a hire-wire act between the twin towers of the World Trade Center. But a friend of mine told me about a tree nearby tall enough to see the Twin towers from the top. I'm not sure about the numbers, but it one of the best and most worth-while documentary films I have ever seen, if not the best. I too saw this at the Waterfront Film Festival, and wow, what an experience. What does Philippe Petit do now? The music, composition and photography, structure and editing are all superb. Barb Wire is a 1996 American superhero film based on the Dark Horse comic book series of the same name.It stars Pamela Anderson in the titular role, alongside Temuera Morrison, Victoria Rowell, Xander Berkeley, Udo Kier and Steve Railsback. The same people also believe that emotions are a form of reality. At 7:15 AM, Philippe took his first step on the high wire 1,350 feet above the sidewalks of Manhattan. However, by the end of the film I felt that the filmmaker used contrasting statements and emotions of the characters to highlight the selfishness and narcissism that can sometimes go hand in hand with the drive of an artistic genius. I then heard that there was no actual footage of the feat itself, and I more or less completely lost interest - thought I might watch when it inevitably appeared on the BBC. Is ha a therapist dealing exclusively in acrophobia? IMDb, the world's most popular and authoritative source for movie, TV and celebrity content. The fact that this won an Oscar is a joke. This film should have never have been created. And of course new. For me, this is what cinema is all about, and this film is striking in that it encapsulates so much in a documentary. With Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn, Wendell Pierce. Easily one of the best documentaries I've seen, Man On Wire swept me off my feet not with spectacle but with a certain quiet recognition of the incredible events it chronicles - a team of young, rebellious twentysomethings who rigged a wire across the twin towers that their mascot, Philippe Petit, walked or as one police officer comments, "danced," across for forty- five minutes. And how one man's dream can now be shared by all of us in this film. a fascinating and even wondrous man caught in a beautiful movie, not just documentary. Stunning! Simon Chinn is a double Oscar-winning British film producer, founder of Red Box Films and co-founder of Lightbox. After the long slow methodical buildup, when the moment comes, calmly accompanied by a famous piece for solo piano by Eric Satie, it is so awesome, so still, so transcendent it makes you cry. Uses contemporary interviews, archival footage, and recreations to tell the story of his previous walks between towers of Notre Dame and of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, his … crossing Notre Dame's stretch of space in Paris), but this was his crowning achievement which, oddly enough, didn't quite get the kind of buzz the film might depict; the day of Petit's walk across the towers, Nixon resigned from the presidency. Man on Wire is the sorta film that brings back all sorts of memories. He went to school with Louis Theroux and he produced the documentary My Scientology Movie which is written by Theroux. As evil on a human scale as 9/11, this period shown in this movie show the opposite of that scale. Some scenes in the film are incredibly atmospheric, and they will be forever burned in your mind. Your audience is not stupid, things don't have to be constantly repeated. The Walk is a 2015 American 3D biographical drama film directed by Robert Zemeckis and written by Christopher Browne and Zemeckis. The series continued to examine the Baltimore police department, the Stanfield organization and city hall while introducing a fictionalized version of the Baltimore Sun newsroom. James Marsh and Philippe Petit manage it with strength and determination, a documentary without precedents. ‘David Makes Man’: Tony Plana, Brittany S. Hall, Erica Luttrell, Zsané Jhé And 6 More Set In Recurring Roles For Season 2 Of OWN Drama - IMDb When I first heard of this film I was intrigued. I was really looking forward to this as I'd heard so many rave reviews. Created by David Simon. A great example of narrative efficiency. The fifth and final season of the television series The Wire commenced airing in the United States on January 6, 2008, and concluded on March 9, 2008; it contained 10 episodes. Directed by Tony Scott. I'm in the minority on this one, but Man on Wire did very little for me. Man on Wire (bra: O Equilibrista [1]; prt: Homem no Arame [2]) é um filme britano-estadunidense de 2008, do gênero documentário biográfico, escrito e dirigido por James Marsh, baseado no livro autobiográfico To Reach the Clouds: My High Wire Walk Between the Twin Towers, de Philippe Petit. The film chronicles Philippe Petit 's 1974 high-wire walk between … A great example of cinematically fictionalizing reality, even more and better than "JFK.". A young French man named Philippe Petit stepped out on a wire suspended between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. There used to be another name for this state of mind. I normally don't take to non-'cinema-verite' documentaries, but this is just about the biggest exception possible, as I will say with confidence that this is an a terrific film. Thrilling! -Brad Holland, What a great example of exploiting context. It is based on the story of 24-year-old French high-wire artist Philippe Petit's walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center on August 7, 1974. In August of 1974, Petit walked a tightrope between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in NYC. He is responsible for some of the most successful feature documentaries of recent years including Man on Wire and Searching for Sugar Man.. Constructed, believe it or not, as a heist film, composed of interviews, actual filmed footage from the seventies, re-enactments (done incredibly tastefully and intelligently) and a large number of photographs, "Man on Wire" from director James Marsh is a brilliant, audacious, stunning, and utterly enthralling film, and having seen it not more than an hour ago I can already say with confidence that it is one of the best documentaries ever made, not because it achieves the sort of brilliantly real observations on human behavior and emotions that a Maysles Bros. film does, but because it is a surprisingly hilarious, unbelievably well-crafted movie about so many absurdities, so much ridiculousness, such insane, insane acts (and yet so beautiful as well), and one which looks in on some of the most interesting people I think I've ever come across. Beautiful film, fascinating characters, sublime acts. It's about an illegal and dangerous coup where the criminal objective was to create a beautiful spectacle. 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. He seems to be a man so specialized that he was meant in life to do only one thing, at one time, and this film is about that moment and shows why a moment--a half hour, actually, in the early morning of August 7, 1974--can define a life and reshape one's perceptions. An old flame discovers her ex-boyfriend from the past is a relocated FBI informant out to stop the bad guys. Unfortunately due to an error, the reels were swapped in the middle of the film, which threw the timing a bit but to be honest the poor organisers looked so miserable as they apologised that no one minded, and the film was just as beautiful as it should have been. Greatness/ The greatness of the human spirit . Man on Fire is thrilling, dark, well acted and the ending will bring out some tears. But to think someone could actually do this was something i just couldn't believe. With Mel Gibson, Goldie Hawn, David Carradine, Bill Duke. It's talking heads for the majority of it, and the director often has more than one character in succession saying the same thing, but in their own different words. But Man on Wire was only okay. I saw this at the Waterfront Film Festival in Saugatuck, Michigan. As someone old enough to remember this Philippe's amazing feat, seeing this brought back memories of old. Heres the ultimate proof of this films power - the audience didn't shift until a good couple of minutes into the credits. You could listen to Petit for hours and hours, like a sweet grandfather who tells stories of fairies and dragons to intrigue and feed the fire of children's imagination. RELATED: The Wire: Every Episode In Season 3, Ranked (According To IMDb) Avon's right-hand man Stringer Bell begins to see D'Angelo as a risk, especially since he is in prison. "Postmodernists believe that truth is myth, and myth, truth. In announcing the Audience Award for this film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Sir Sean Connery described it as one of the best three films he had seen EVER. August 7, 1974. Good God, this is a painfully slow and boring documentary. It drags on and on and is nothing more than an ego trip for the man who walked across a wire. Man On Wire has more suspense, thrills, wonder, imagination, human spirit and inspiration than any other film I have seen in recent years. Exhilarating! Stringer eventually goes behind Avon's back and has D'Angelo murdered in prison. Man on Wire is a 2008 British-American biographical documentary film directed by James Marsh. Sadly, while a decent film, it certainly was no especially memorable or transcendent. Browse the full The Wire cast and crew credits for actors by character names from the HBO original program. The film captures a human sense of achievement, drive and determination better than any other film I know. Considering that "Man on Wire" won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature, I was expecting a lot from this film. Philippe Petit was already a tight-rope walker who did some crazy stunts (i.e. The movie is over-long, heavy on shadowy reconstruction and boring interviews, and totally fails to capture the awesome nature of the feat performed, which is served only by contemporaneous stills. 5 Bubbles Gets Clean The film is sloppy and it plays out like a bad B movie. This is one awful film that just doesn't cut it. As a 8 year old living in NJ, I had never been to or seen NYC up to that point of my life. The Film Talk - Podcast Review of Man on Wire. Seeing this film brought back that amazing times. Oh dear. It's a nostalgic salute to a pre-Zero Tolerance New York, which may have been riddled with crime but where city officials and residents apparently realised that some things are more important than health-and-safety. Uses contemporary interviews, archival footage, and recreations to tell the story of his previous walks between towers of Notre Dame and of the Sydney … On August 7, 1974, Philippe Petit, a French wire walker, juggler, and street performer days shy of his 25th birthday, spent 45 minutes walking, dancing, kneeling, and lying on a wire he and friends strung between the rooftops of the Twin Towers. The Lumière Reader. The rigging was done by night in complete secrecy. After nearly an hour dancing on the wire, he was arrested, taken for psychological evaluation, and brought to jail before he was finally released. If this film actually portrayed the walk from tower to tower it would take a maximum of 30 minutes. And for those couple hours of movie viewing brought back a time when things like this were truly amazing and cool, and when the towers stood as a great symbol of the NYC skyline and America. IMDb Announces the Top Stars and Top Breakout Stars of 2020 and Presents a STARmeter Award to Anya Chalotra The Baltimore drug scene, as seen through the eyes of drug dealers and law enforcement. ...sometimes work as director James Marsh and subject Philippe Petit prove in the sublime and inspiring documentary, "Man on Wire." I couldn't see the actual crossing from the 15 some odd miles from my house. In Mexico City, a former CIA operative swears vengeance on those who committed an unspeakable act against the family he was hired to protect. 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. Brad Wyman produced, and David Hogan directed from a screenplay by Chuck Pfarrer and Ilene Chaiken. It doesn't even get to the actual incident until the final minutes. This equation has its roots in pop psychology. It used to be called psychosis." After the Barksdale organization dissolves, he is briefly independent (supplied by the New Day Co-Op) until Marlo forces him to join his crew.He is shot in the head by O-dog with Snoop and Chris providing a distraction after being seen having a conversation with McNulty, because Marlo suspects he may be a snitch. Man on a Ledge is a 2012 American action thriller film directed by Asger Leth, starring Sam Worthington, Jamie Bell, Elizabeth Banks, Edward Burns, Anthony Mackie, Genesis Rodriguez, and Ed Harris.Filming took place in New York City on top of The Roosevelt Hotel.It was met with mostly negative reception by critics, and grossed $8 million (USA) in its opening weekend. The rest of it is listening to some self-absorbed French lunatic talk about how he played hide and seek in his mid-30s. Some of the shots are simply breathtaking. Is he Professor of Advanced Balance at the Sorbonne? The Wire is a Deconstruction of the Police Procedural and Criminal Procedural genres. Barb Wire is a mess, and doesn't work as an effective action film. SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--IMDb (www.imdb.com), the world’s most popular and authoritative source for movie, TV and celebrity content, today … I went to see Man on Wire with my mother and a friend, and after it my mother said simply "something like this will never happen again." With that heavy recommendation, I was well-primed to disagree. Here we see Petit and his cohorts recklessly plan and execute the most daring stunt in the history of the world. . "Genius is a transcendent capacity for taking trouble first of all" Frederick the great by Thomas Carlyle. I watched the news that night and remember the video of his arrest and the footage inside the police station. Thank you for reading my fellow Americans. We saw this film at the Edinburgh Film Festival, it's European premier, and it was a packed audience. "If they build them, I will come", paraphrases what Parisian street performer and tightrope walker, Using actual footage from the event seamlessly mingled with new re-enactments, filmmaker. It's watchable and competently made but that's really about all. Man on Wire is an exciting documentary about Philippe Petit who, thanks to his friends, managed to sneak into the World Trade Center in 1974 and do a high-wire act between the Twin Towers. With Denzel Washington, Christopher Walken, Dakota Fanning, Radha Mitchell. Club [Noel Murray] Meaning not so much that someone won't try something death-defying or crazy like walking a tight rope somewhere or climbing up a building (matter of fact that still happens in Manhattan as recently as a couple of months back), but that this sort of situation- a man going across something as perilous and unique as the Twin Towers- is based in a film that preserves his story like so. Directed by John Badham. Set in Baltimore, Maryland, the show examines with equal intensity the lives of characters on both sides of the law.The resulting drama is rife with social commentary and criticism. It is awful, I am currently watching it and I can tell you right now that suicide is a option worth considering. The documentary, chronicles a life-affirming story of a man who was willing to risk his life for no particular reason. Critics Consensus: In its third season, The Wire's taut, unflinching examination of Baltimore expands from the criminal underworld to the top of the political machine. Following six and a half years of dreaming of the towers, Petit spent eight months in New York City planning the execution of the coup. What are we, in kindergarten?? This however, has been dragged out for 90 minutes and personally I want those 90 minutes of my life back. It was at the time of the crossing that i climbed this tree to see the top of the towers. 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