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In honor of 9/11, the Murphy Library is showing, Man on Wire, the story of the French tightrope walker who walked between the twin towers

Posted on: September 9, 2013

 Philippe Petit loved a challenge; he was a tightrope walker, after all.  The Frenchman had walked between the towers of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and those of the Sydney Harbor Bridge in Australia. Then, in 1974, he sees a photo of the World Trade Center as the towers are being built.  He can’t get them out of his mind.

This Thursday the library is showing, Man on Wire,  the 2008 documentary of Petit and his daring walk in 1974 between the twin towers.  The screening is at 6 p.m. Running time is 94 minutes and the film is rated PG-13.

The walk was daring not only for the danger, but also because it was illegal. Construction on the World Trade Center was being completed and Petit and his cohorts entered the buildings with fake IDs, then talked their way on to a freight elevator to reach the top.  British filmmaker John Marsh uses old film and photographs, recent interviews and recreates scenes.  It feels like you are there, 1,350 feet up. And don’t worry – the NYPD was not impressed.

But the film did win countless awards including an Oscar and the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. 

Call 837-2417 for details.

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