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man on wire


it was probably 2 or 3 in the morning when I first stumbled across the wikipedia article on the french wirewalker phillipe petit, whose fame was crystallized in 1974 when he strung a wire between the two towers of the world trade center and spent upwards of 45 minutes walking, laying, bouncing, and dancing between them.  his story worked perfectly as the introduction to a havc paper I was writing, and is now the subject of a fantastic documentary by james marsh, man on wire.  petit is a mesmerizing individual, who speaks in a gallic-tinted kind of freeprose, and is able to describe his life as “a fairy-tale” with no hint of affect or saccarine hyperbole.  I can’t say enough good things about the film, I reccomend it with no reservations what-so-ever.

another eccentric figure who excels in captivating speech is werner herzog (“It was not a significant bullet. I am not afraid.”) and also happens to be old friends with petit.  they’re both interviewed in the newest issue of esquire, which is linked below.

[werner herzog walks the rope]
[latimes review]

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obviously my friday night has proved to be quite thrilling

movies I think will be good slash want to see soon:

  • Beaufort: Israeli film about the last days of a IDF unit’s abandonment of a fortress near the Lebanese border.
  • Cassandra’s Dream: A thriller directed by Woody Allen, who did an incredible job with Match Point, this one has two brothers whose relationship is (seemingly) rent apart by a single brutal act.
  • There Will Be Blood: Holy crap, this looks like Daniel Day-Lewis’ career-defining role.
  • Brick: I’ve actually already seen this, but I really would like to see it again.  It’s an (unlikely) combination of film noir and teen-high-school genres, and the dialogue is extraordinary—watch it with subtitles (really!) because not a single word is worth missing.

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