TELLURIDE – While in a dentist’s office, Philippe Petit, a lifelong wire-walker, street performer and magician, first saw the drawings of the proposed World Trade Center and knew that he had discovered his life’s ambition. Recruiting an unlikely and motley crew, he began a secret and illegal mission that would eventually lead to the conquering of his precarious obsession.
On August 7, 1974, Petit and his cohorts executed the most dangerous stunt in the history of the world.
The Telluride Film Festival presents Man on Wire (2008), directed by James Marsh and winner of the Sundance Film Festival’s Best Documentary Award and Audience Award, on Thursday, Sept. 25 at the Nugget Theatre. The film follows tightrope walker Philippe Petit as he bravely performs his high-wire routine between New York City’s twin towers.
“I am afraid of heights. Now you know. That is one reason I was helplessly engrossed in Man on Wire, the story of how Philippe Petit crossed eight times on a tight-wire between the two towers of the World trade Center,” wrote Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun Times. “Another reason is that the documentary, a hybrid of actual and restaged footage, is constructed like a first-rate thriller.” Man on Wire shows at 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 25 at the Nugget Theatre. Tickets are $8 and the film runs 94 minutes and is rated PG-13; no Nugget Passes, please.