Tightrope act is tantalizing
If you've run out of Oscar-nominated films to watch in preparation for Sunday's Academy Awards, be sure to check out Magnolia Picutures' documentary about a young Frenchman Phillipe Petit's quest to tightrope across the then-newly constructed Twin Towers.
With Petit's personal footage, the documentary chronicles how Petit and his friends illegally rigged a wire across the Twin Towers. The buildup is spell-binding. The dramatic conclusion when Petit tightropes for almost an hour reaches its zenith when the Frenchman decides to relax by laying down -- on the tightrope!
"Man on Wire" is not a hidden gem, however. It has been nominated for best documentary feature, and is likely the favorite to take home the Oscar.
I plan on seeing Frost/Nixon and other Oscar favorites before Sunday, but one viewing of "Man on Wire" has me convinced there might not be a film from 2008 more worthy of an Academy Award.
- Mark Podolski