2. Man On
Dartmouth Film Society's
film for Thursday 19th February is Man On Wire, winner of the
'Outstanding British Film' at the 2009 BAFTA awards. "Here
was an extraordinary individual who viewed the world in a unique
way. Not least from places that no other man has ever seen."
So says Man on Wire’s director James Marsh of the remarkable
Philippe Petit, pickpocket, magician and wire walker, a modern
day hero whose story provides the backdrop for one of the most
compelling documentaries ever made.
As a teenager in Paris, Petit dreamt of achieving the seemingly
unachievable - of breaking into the World Trade Centre, rigging
a wire between the Twin Towers and then dancing upon it with
nothing separating him and oblivion on the New York pavement
1,350 feet below. What this film evokes is a golden era before
the safety-first mindset invaded our culture, wrapped our world
in cotton wool and made cowards of us all.
Man On Wire is a superbly made
documentary that is powerful, moving, frequently funny and above
all, genuinely uplifting. Indeed, by the time it reaches its
climax, you'll want to stand up and applaud. Highly
Guest tickets available from The Windjammer 7.30 - 7.55 £3.50
Bar at The Guildhall opens at 7.30 - the film to be shown