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MAN ON WIRE (2008)

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I remember seeing this story on the news the day it happened. The news coverage of this event vanished two days later, though, when Richard Nixon resigned the Presidency because of the Watergate Scandal.

It was August 1974, and The Twin Towers of the World Trade Center had just opened the year before. Phillipe Petit, a French high-wire artist, surreptitiously strung a 450-pound cable between the roofs of the two towers, which were 200 feet apart.

For 45 minutes, he used a custom-built 26-foot long balancing pole to walk eight times back and forth along the cable, 1,350 feet above the ground.

As Petit climbed off his rigging he was arrested by the NYPD and charged with trespassing. The name of this film was taken from police dispatch orders directing officers to the scene. All charges were eventually dropped in exchange for Petit agreeing to perform an aerial act for the children of New York in Central Park.

That beautiful piece of performance art, and this documentary about it, are wonderful ways to remember the Twin Towers.

Watch the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRbQkpJsJ_8