Saturday, August 16, 2008

I GAVE YOU A BEAUTIFUL GIFT AND THE FIRST QUESTION AMERICANS ASK IS, "WHY?"

That's a paraphrase from one of the best movies of the year.

If Man on a Wire is playing at a theater near you, now or in the near future, do yourself a favor and go see it. Don't wait for dvd, because this is a movie that actually takes advantage of being projected as big as possible.

Merging interviews, documentary footage and reenactments, Director James Marsh tells the story of French high-wire walker Philippe Petit. It's like an Errol Morris film turned into a fun heist movie that replaces a bank job with an attempt to walk across the 200 feet separating the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in the summer of 1974.

It's a visceral documentary. Very exciting. Colorful characters. Scary as hell. Full of human triumph and it put me on the verge of mantears at the end. There's some French, but it's mostly in English. Off the top of my head, I would say it's one of the best movies ever made about the artistic process.

Also: a guy totally walks across the sky!!!

2 Comments:

Blogger Aunt Bee said...

Are mantears different from tears?

8:02 AM  
Blogger Justin Fox said...

Yes! They are the tears men cry for beautiful acts and sacrifices of man.

They should not be confused with tears of sadness, lonliness, singleness, depression, pain, ouchies, wining, not getting one's way, etc.

Should you lick a mantear, it will taste like testosterone, cigars and cognac.

4:20 PM  

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