Truth is stranger than fiction.


On August 7th 1974, a young Frenchman named Philippe Petit stepped out on a wire illegally rigged between New York’s twin towers, then the world’s tallest buildings. After nearly an hour dancing on the wire, he was arrested, taken for psychological evaluation, and brought to jail before he was finally released.

Following six and a half years of dreaming of the towers, Petit spent eight months in New York City planning the execution of the coup. Aided by a team of friends and accomplices, Petit was faced with numerous extraordinary challenges: he had to find a way to bypass the WTC’s security; smuggle the heavy steel cable and rigging equipment into the towers; pass the wire between the two rooftops; anchor the wire and tension it to withstand the winds and the swaying of the buildings. The rigging was done by night in complete secrecy. At 7:15 AM, Philippe took his first step on the high wire 1,350 feet above the sidewalks of Manhattan…

James Marsh’s documentary brings Petit’s extraordinary adventure to life through the testimony of Philippe himself, and some of the co-conspirators who helped him create the unique and magnificent spectacle that became known as “the artistic crime of the century.”

I have become extremely appreciative of documentaries lately, especially in the case of Man on Wire. There is something really refreshing about their honesty. Fiction is wonderful, and I often prefer it to the truth, but there is just something about real life, real people, real possibilities. Twain is right– truth is stranger. Philippe Petit is insane in the most extraordinary and reckless sense of the word. I don’t know what to say. Frankly, I’m a bit stunned. People like Philippe are rare, practically nonexistent. What would the world look like if everyone lived just as simply, as passionately, as honestly? One day he just decided that he wanted to walk a tightrope between the World Trade Center towers. And then he did it. Simple. He knew what he wanted, and he did what he had to do to get it– legalities and fears aside. What a way to be, walking through the clouds and balancing life on a cable-thin line.


About Booki
"Somewhere man must know that self-perception is the most frightening of all human observations. He must know that when a man faces himself, he is looking into an abyss."

One Response to Truth is stranger than fiction.

  1. WOW that’s insane!

    & booki i like your writing :)

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