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Film: 30 Movies in 30 Days: Day 22

This post is part of a month-long project, answering thirty topics about movies over thirty days. The subject for the twenty-second day is:

Favourite documentary

I’ve not watched many documentaries that get a big cinema release, with most being ‘smaller’ TV documentaries. I have watched a few of the big ones though like Bowling For Columbine and Supersize Me, and my favourite one is:

Man on Wire

Man on Wire

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It’s a documentary covering Phillipe Petit’s attempt to walk across a wire between the two buildings of the World Trade Centre in 1974, without getting permission to do so. It’s deliberately filmed like a heist movie, with re-enactments of key moments in addition to actual photos and footage from the team, as well as their personal comments in interviews.

Seeing as Petit is one of the people giving the interviews he clearly survives but that doesn’t stop the film being incredibly tense as the team infiltrates the building and sets everything up, with the actual high-wire event itself being particularly nerve-wracking.

Petit himself is a great character, never letting the seeming impossible nature of the task get him down as spends a big chunk of his life preparing for it and roping in a group of people willing to help.  It’s a great documentary, fun and tense and something of a feel-good movie as you follow Petit’s attempts to realise a crazy dream against impossible odds. Even if you’re not much of a documentary fan it’s absolutely worth a watch.


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