I am so glad that Man on Wire won the Academy Award for Best Documentary. I just saw that movie last week and it was truly one of the best documentaries I have ever seen.
The story is about a young wire walker's journey to plan and ultimately accomplish the most improbable act--to walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, then the tallest building in the world.
The wire walker, Philippe Petit, had the dream of walking between the Twin Towers before their construction even began. He first saw their blue print in a magazine at the dentist's office, and it was love at first sight for him. Once the Towers were built, he began intensive and relentless research on their make-up and structure. He flew back and forth between France and the States countless times, and after six and a half years of planning, with the help from a group of friends (and accomplices), on August 7th, 1974, Philippe Petit flew as high as his dream would take him, and became the Man on Wire, 1300 feet above the ground.
His outrageous courage was contagious. Even though I had known the outcome of the story all along, I was kept at the edge of my seat, hoping and praying that he would succeed and astonish the world. Towards the end of the film Petit said, "To me, it's really so simple, that life should be lived on the edge." It was not the first time I heard someone say this, but it was the first time I didn't find it cliché, because it came from a man that lived by those words.As I walked out of the theatre, I could not help but wish 50, 60 years later, I could also say that I have lived by those exact same words.
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