Man on Wire

Man on Wire
  • 2008
  • UK
  • 1h 34min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: James Marsh
  • Language: English, French

On the 6 August 1974, French artist, performer and hire wire walker, Phillipe Petit committed the biggest victimless art crime of the century. The story of that daring caper, the practice events that led up to it (Notre Dame Cathedral and Sydney Harbour Bridge) and the genesis of this the maddest of living performance artists is told in this engrossing and thrilling film.

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Man On Wire

31 Jul 20084 stars

Cherishable and joyous tale from a more innocent age

(12A) 94min Meet Philippe Petit – French artist, performer and high wire walker. On the afternoon of 6 August 1974, Petit and six accomplices set off for the World Trade Centre in an unmarked van. With forged ID passes and dressed as deliverymen they…

What's up doc?

31 Jul 2008

Borrowing from a classic heist movie, Man on Wire is the latest documentary to take its cue from the art of the feature film. Miles Fielder looks on as the line blurs between fact and fiction It's supposed to be a documentary about a daredevil balancing…

Man on Wire - James Marsh interview

19 Jun 2008

Edinburgh International Film Festival

Philippe Petit was the man who dared to walk a tightrope between the Twin Towers. Director James Marsh tells Kaleem Aftab how he made a film of this incredible feat

Best of the Edinburgh International Film Festival

6 Jun 2008

When the 62nd Edinburgh Film Festival begins on 18th June it will be more than the just the programme of films and number of celebrity appearances that is under scrutiny. This year is also the first for the festival in its new home in the cultural…

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