Friday, 3 April 2009

Man on wire

On a misty August morning in 1974, a man walked across a wire traversing the space between the Twin Towers in New York City. Suspended 450 meters above the ground with no safety net, Philippe Petit pranced back and forth for 45 minutes as astounded New Yorkers watched below in wonderment and police stood helplessly by.

Everyone watching knew this was something special. One of those moments where time stands still and all present know they have witnessed something they will never forget.

After years of planning this was, for Philippe, his moment. As he neared the middle of his walk he sat on the wire and looked down, contemplating the world below him.

Later, when asked the reason for risking his life to do this Petit shrugged and said "when I see three oranges, I juggle; when I see two towers, I walk."

Philippe’s story has been beautifully documented in ‘Man on Wire’ and I recommend it highly. The movie incorporates original footage of Philippe’s walk as well as recent interviews with him and his crew of adventurers.

If for no other reason, watch it because every once in a while we all need to be reminded that the spectacular is sometimes right outside our doorstep on what seems like just another weekday morning.


  1. Isn't this movie great? Saw it last summer in London at a private viewing in ICA and walked out feeling so inspired, thrilled and couldn't stop talking about the movie for days. Glad u liked it.

  2. have watched it three times in two days! some parts literally took my breath away and made my knees feel all watery and stuff. Any other great movie suggestions very welcome :)