Friday, September 12, 2008
Mourning a Loss
"Man On Wire" is a well-crafted documentary about Phillippe Petit's daring walk on a high wire between the top of the two towers of the World Trade Center on August 7, 1974.
I made the decision to see this film on Thursday before it occurred to me it was so appropriate to see it on 9/11.
Petit and his cohorts erected a wire on Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and the Sydney Harbor Bridge before turning their attention to the World Trade Center.
When Petit first learned about the WTC's construction he felt it was being built just for him.
Of course, what makes his tight-rope walking fascinating is he didn't ask permission. He and his colleagues crafted a plan to simultaneously get on the roof of the two towers and shoot the cable from one tower to the other via bow and arrow.
Petit crossed eight times between the two towers spending more than 45 minutes on the wire before coming down to get arrested.
The picture of him lying down on the wire is breath-taking. And it's heart-breaking to think that 27 years after Petit conquered the towers they were gone.