Man on Wire: Dokumentation über den Twin-Towers-Seiltänzer

01.08.2008 Misc #Stunts

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Die Story über diesen irren Typen, der in den Siebzigern auf einem Drahtseil zwischen den Twin Towers balancierte – selbstverständlich ohne Netz oder irgendeine Sicherung –, habe ich irgenwo am Rande mal mitbekommen. Den Stunt fand ich damals schon extrem faszinierend und jetzt haben sie eine Dokumentation darüber gedreht und bis die mal irgendwann irgendwo im Fernsehen läuft, bemühe ich lieber den Tracker meines Vertrauens.

On August 7th 1974, a young Frenchman called Philippe Petit stepped out on a wire suspended between New York’s twin towers, then the world’s tallest buildings. After an hour dancing on the wire, with no safety net or harness, he was arrested and thrown into an underground prison. Until that moment no one but Petit and his team of accomplices, who had spent months planning their illegal ‘coup’ (as they referred to it amongst themselves) knew anything about it.

Born out of a dream and an idea, Petit and his team of accomplices spent eight months planning the execution of their ‘coup’ in the most intricate detail. Like a team of professional bank robbers planning their most ambitious heist, the tasks they faced seemed virtually insurmountable: they would have to find a way to bypass the WTC’s security; to smuggle the wire and rigging equipment into the towers; to suspend the wire between the two towers; to secure the wire at the correct tension to withstand the winds and the swaying of the buildings; to rig it secretly by night - all without being caught. Not to mention the walk itself…

Link zur Filmwebsite
Link zum Wikipedia-Eintrag über Philippe Petit