Sunday, February 22, 2009

Muriels: Best Picture, 6th Place

Man on Wire (133 points/13 votes)

“James Marsh's Man on Wire is a documentary that, thanks to some gripping black-and-white recreations, often plays like the best caper film you've never seen. At the film's center is the enigmatic Philippe Petit, a French tightrope walker who in 1974 somehow managed to gain access to the World Trade Center in New York City and perform a spellbinding high-wire act between the twin towers. Employing engaging interviews with Petit and his accomplices, Marsh first reveals the personality and motivation behind Petit's passion for wire-walking and then tells the story of his most ambitious feat to date. It's an entertaining story, one told with an eye for the cinematic and a definite sense of wonder.” ~ Scott W. Black

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