Went to see Man on Wire last night, the documentary about Philippe Petit’s 1974 high-wire walk between the twin towers of the World Trade Center. It’s a great film. I was a bit worried that it would be kind of dull, since we already knew the story. But it’s paced like a thriller, complete with starting near the climax and then flashing back to fill in the back story.
I did have a few moments of gut-wrenching horror (I’m not good with ridiculous heights, even when it’s just images of other people experiencing them), but overall found it absolutely amazing, and touching. Great music, too.
There was a poignant moment when they showed documentary footage of the construction of the twin towers. Seeing pre-formed steel sections being lifted into place; sections that I last saw white-hot and crashing to the ground.
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