Man on Wire at Cinema Paradiso

On August 7, 1974, a crew of men covertly entered the Twin Towers, disguised and heavily laden with supplies. Phillipe Petit readied himself as progressively heavier lines were shot and snaked from one tower’s roof to the next, until they were connected by a 450 pound steel cable. He then committed the “artistic crime of the century”: crossing the gap between the soaring edifices - with no safety net. Traversing back and forth in mid-air with police swarming and passersby gawking, he embodied his belief that life should be lived on the edge, quite literally. Director James Marsh’s award winning film, Man on Wire, documents the aerial daredevil’s antics, while providing insight and inspiration. Explains Petit, “[If you] see everyday as a true challenge, then you live your life on a tightrope.” Showing only Wednesday at Cinema Paradiso (503 SE Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale) at 7 p.m., tickets are $5. Visit www.fliff.com.
Wed., Aug. 6, 2008
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