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SilverDocs Film Preview: High Expectations for ‘Man on Wire’

SilverDocs is in full swing. Not sure what documentaries to catch (and which to skip)? After Hours tells you what the critics have to say.

Photograph Courtesy of Discovery Films.

Title: Man on Wire 

The Premise: In 1974, French daredevil Philippe Petit set out to walk on a high-wire across the Twin Towers.

The Critics:
“In Brit filmmaker James Marsh’s exhilarating doc account—a crowd-pleaser in such witty, poetic ways that even an art-house curmudgeon couldn’t deny its tidy vigor—Petit’s adventure, from dentist’s-office inspiration and eight months of scheming to the ultimate stunt, is re-enacted like a slick heist thriller.”—Aaron Hillis, The Village Voice

“…James Marsh’s Man on Wire turns out to be a highly entertaining, deeply moving film that also has the added benefit of adding positive memories of the buildings that were brought down with such a tragic loss of life.”—Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter

“A man walks on a high-wire across the Twin Towers—and how he does it—is the grab-you-by-the-lapels premise from which James Marsh’s Man on Wire erupts onscreen as one of the most wildly entertaining docs of recent years.”—Robert Koehler, Variety

Worth the ticket? Sure sounds like it. A documentary with the Twin Towers as backdrop may not be for everyone, but as Scheck points out, the documentary reminds us of a brighter, whackier side in the history of the buildings.

Showtime: 5:30 PM.

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