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Chicago PremiereSEPTEMBER 11 ANNIVERSARY SCREENING
ONE SHOW ONLY!
MAN ON WIRE
Best Documentary Academy Awards
Outstanding British Film British Academy Awards
Audience Award & Grand Jury Prize Sundance Film Fest
Best Documentary Chicago Film Critics Association Awards
"I was helplessly engrossed" -Roger Ebert
"Captivating... a generous, visionary gesture supplanting the communal memory of the site's unspeakable horrors with an image of human achievement that's head-spinning, heart-leaping in its absurd purity" -TimeOut London
"One of the most wildly entertaining docs of recent years" -Variety
"[A] thorough, understated and altogether enthralling documentary" -New York Times
"A crowd-pleaser in such witty, poetic ways that even an art-house curmudgeon couldn't deny its tidy vigor... Errol Morris couldn't have done it better, at least not with such understatement" -Village Voice
"The film itself is perfectly poised between artistry and audacity. It's beautiful" -Chicago Tribune
In August 1974, a young Frenchman named Philippe Petit captivated New York City by sneaking into the World Trade Center and walking on a cable strung between the not-yet-open Twin Towers. James Marsh's Academy Award-winning documentary captures the excitement of the daring walk and also the thrilling story of the six years of planning that went into the stunt. Man on Wire follows Petit, his closest childhood friends, and those who join in (and drop out) along the way, as they make test "walks" at other sites and plot a strategy for making his dream a reality. The sheer audacity, courage, and folly of Petit and his cadre in their pursuit of this illegal and dangerous act are captured through interviews, archival footage, and reenactments that weave between the preparations and the actual feat.
The film, an uplifting and enchanting tribute to human ingenuity, never mentions the destruction of the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001; instead, it poignantly brings them back to life, reminding us of a magic New York moment long before 9/11, in what became known as "the artistic crime of the century."
Directed by James Marsh, UK/U.S.A., 2008, 35mm, 94 mins