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10 Things I Learned From “Man On Wire”

For those who don’t know, there’s this French guy, Philippe Petit, who is a hire wire artist. That’s right, a high wire artist. Before learning of Mr. Petit, I always referred to this type of “artist” as a tightrope walker, or a circus dude. But hey, tomato, tomato (the latter pronounced Tuh-MAH-Toe.)

Philippe Petit got his claim to fame by walking on a wire, from the roof of one twin tower, to the other, a feat that lasted about 45 minutes on a hazy August morning, 1974 (not because he was walking slow, but because he was taunting the police…my type of guy.) This was a dream of his since childhood, once he got word from a local newspaper, that the towers were being built. Afterwards he was famous, and even more importantly, fulfilled. Oh, and a movie was made about him. Man On Wire.

I saw this movie. And here’s what I learned from it.

1. There is no talent or skill that is silly, or useless. Walking across a wire, inspired the hell out of me.

2. Dreams have no set beginning, and need no set ending. They are conceived when they are conceived, and are fulfilled when they are fulfilled.

3. Insanity is okay, and is often a useful device for accomplishing greatness. (As long as you can make it back over the sanity line.)

4. Fear is never an option.

5. Dreams only come true, through planning…

6. …and help from others. (Petit, hid in the towers for days, with a crew of about 6 to make this happen.)

7. Fame is awesome. And not awesome.

8. There was something just as special about the construction of the Twin Towers, as there was about the destruction.

9. The dream should be fun (to you, at least.)

10. I want to learn French.

And if there was an eleventh, it would probably be, to work on my balance!

5 thoughts on “10 Things I Learned From “Man On Wire””

  1. juancarlos says:

    Victor and I got to catch this movie early at the Hot Docs festival where ‘Second Skin’ was playing alongside it. We were completely floored by the experience. The audience was packed into this place, and it was a 1200 seater so audience reaction was huge. When he actually went onto the wire to cross the twin towers a gasp emitted from everyone. It was one of the most impressive feats of filmmaking I have seen because never before have I ever felt a communal inhale like that. This one is going to win the Oscar for sure.

  2. juancarlos says:

    Victor and I got to catch this movie early at the Hot Docs festival where ‘Second Skin’ was playing alongside it. We were completely floored by the experience. The audience was packed into this place, and it was a 1200 seater so audience reaction was huge. When he actually went onto the wire to cross the twin towers a gasp emitted from everyone. It was one of the most impressive feats of filmmaking I have seen because never before have I ever felt a communal inhale like that. This one is going to win the Oscar for sure.

  3. Andy Marino says:

    Man, I can’t wait to see this. Somebody should post a top ten list about Tony Scott’s Man on Fire, too.

  4. victor says:

    Yeah, this movie was such a visceral experience- one of my top ten docs, for sure.

    And hopefully after the Man of Fire post, Andy can post about Bird On a Wire, for that golden trifecta.

  5. victor says:

    Yeah, this movie was such a visceral experience- one of my top ten docs, for sure.

    And hopefully after the Man of Fire post, Andy can post about Bird On a Wire, for that golden trifecta.

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