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by Rob Carnevale
On August 7, 1974, a young Frenchman, Petit is a truly charismatic
stepped out on a wire suspended Frenchman. He’s also the consummate
Philippe Petit
between the twin towers in New York’s professional. I was fortunate enough to
World Trade Center, then the world’s meet him while he promoted the film
two tallest buildings. in the UK last year, catching 20 minutes
After about 45 minutes to an hour in his company on a sun-drenched
performing on the wire, with no safety hotel balcony overlooking London’s
net or harness, the man was arrested, expansive skyline.
then placed in prison but not for long. Petit still performs, so it was little
His astonishing act was an instant wonder that he curiously peered
sensation and he became a hero to the over the balcony before the interview
people of New York. All charges were began... just to get his bearings and
dropped....and his legend lives on as an maybe - just maybe - contemplate a
inspirational figure whose achievement real-time demonstration of his skills?
was never - and can never - be repeated. Before my very eyes, at eye level
Man on Wire traces the life and mind was the man whom I’d only ever
of the one of a kind artist, Phillip Petit. imagined as way above my head. I had
Having seen the film several times I still to ask him about that moment when he
cannot help but marvel at the courage saw a picture of the model of the twin
and sheer audacity it took to pull this towers even before they were built.
feat off the ground (no pun intended). “That’s what made me want to
The Hero of His Own Fairytale.
avantoure
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