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message 1: by Ed (new)

Ed | 237 comments Mod
Just finished watching this great documentary about the man who walked between the twin towers on a high wire in the early 70's. The movie is not just about that feat but the overall philosophy of this adventurer/daredevil. He could have made a lot of money from his various attempts but he has avoided any commercialism...a truly interesting movie. I highly recommend.

message 2: by Tressa (last edited Jan 27, 2009 06:50AM) (new)

Tressa  (moanalisa) Thanks for the recommendation, Ed. I see that our library owns a copy. Looking forward to watching it.

I'm so scared of heights that it's sometimes hard for me to watch things like this. I've had nightmares before where I'm in a car balanced on a flag pole atop a tall building, and I have to shut my eyes during scenes like the one in True Lies when Arnold Swarzenneger jumps between two skyscrapers while on a horse. I'm feeling faint just thinking about it now.

Have you ever seen any documentaries on The Flying Wallendas? The elderly Karl Wallenda fell to his death in the seventies when the wind blew him off a wire. It's caught on tape and is just horrifying to watch.

message 3: by Ed (new)

Ed | 237 comments Mod
No, but I'll check that out. I loved Satie's piano pieces that they played during Petite's walk across the wire that I bought the sheet music to play. Petit, the man who walked across the twin towers, said he gets scared before and after a walk but never during the walk...amazing concentration.

message 4: by Meg (new)

Meg (megvt) | 100 comments
Weird I just added Man on a Wire prior to checking in. The Flying Wallendas was a really good documentary although I saw it years ago.

message 5: by Ed (new)

Ed | 237 comments Mod
I looked for it on netflix...no luck on the Flying Wallendas. :(

message 6: by Tressa (new)

Tressa  (moanalisa) Man, Man on Wire was fantastic. It was four films rolled into one: a documentary of the history of the World Trade Center; a black & white caper that looks like it was shot in the '30s; someone's home movies; and a love story between a man and a woman and then a man and two buildings.

I suffer from vertigo, and was white-knuckled while watching the last half of the film. I had to look away many times when pictures of Petite and his friends were shown standing or sitting on the ledge of the World Trade Center.

I thought Petite and Annie had a wonderful relationship. Anyone else sad to see that it ended and surprised at when it ended?

Just incredible.

message 7: by Ed (new)

Ed | 237 comments Mod
I agree..incredible..even liked his appearance on the academy awards. He truly is a one of a kind individual.

message 8: by Tressa (new)

Tressa  (moanalisa) He is one of a kind. I can see why people were drawn to him and broke the law for him. He still has such passion for life.

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