Streams

The Greatest High Wire Walk in History

Friday, July 25, 2008

In 1974, French high wire artist Philippe Petit snuck to the top of the World Trade Center and crossed a wire between the two World Trade Center towers. It’s been called the greatest high wire walk in history. He’s the subject of a new documentary, "Man on Wire," by James Marsh. It opens today, Friday 7/25, at the Landmark Sunshine and Lincoln Plaza Cinemas.

Guests:

James Marsh and Philippe Petit

Comments [2]

Robert from Manhattan

Leonard, Leonard, Leonard. What possessed you to ask Mr. Marsh whether he had trouble as a person (rube?????) from Cornwall handling the fast pace of New York?? How condescending can you get? What a pompous and silly question!

Jul. 25 2008 01:23 PM
Denise from New York City

I read Mr. Petit's book on "the walk" a year or so after 9/11, and I was moved beyond words. While I don't condone breaking the law (and presumably Petit broke many in his pursuit), I have saved this book for my daughters to read. I hope it will inspire them to work diligently to bring joy into the the lives of others. Now if only I can get a babysitter so I can see the documentary! Thank you Mr. Petit. You made me laugh and cry.

Jul. 25 2008 08:56 AM

Leave a Comment

Email addresses are required but never displayed.

Get the WNYC Morning Brief in your inbox.
We'll send you our top 5 stories every day, plus breaking news and weather.