The Walk – movie >Philippe Petit<

I am no movie critic, but I can say what I like and don’t like and why.

I went to “The Walk” movie today: which was based on true event.

I was suprised that I have never heard about this story before or came across it. As I do read a lot randomly about anything and everything.

The affirmation, determination and believing that you can make your dream come true only if you work hard for it; People who support you truly will also help bring this dream to life.

It’s about Philippe Petit, the man who crossed the high wire between the two buildings of The World Trade Center in 1974.

As for the performances they were amazing except Joseph’s french accent?!!? I didn’t buy the accent very much, other than that the whole movie was brilliant.

Joseph mentioned in one interview that he spent 8 days with Philippe and that he was actually taught by him  to walk on the wire (6 feet off the ground.)

The last 30 minutes though were “it”. The whole thrill and breathtaking scene of the actual walk was amazingly shot. The screen that was filled with fog focusing on the wire kept us in our toes.

I was too excited that I was googling the true events while I was in the movie.

Here are some of what I got; 

Philippe Petit was born on 13th of August, 1949, in France.  He’s a Leo, 66 years old now. Despite the fact that his father wanted him to join the military, he was expelled from 5 schools he kept practising his “acquired art” he had his hands under the table manipulating the cards and was fascinated by ‘magic’. 

It took him six years of planning for the walk performance. In 45 minutes he made eight passes in the wire, he told the reporter: “There is no ‘why’. When I see a beautiful place to put my wire I cannot resist. I see three oranges and I have to juggle. I see two towers and I have to walk.”


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Some of my favorite quotes by Philippe Petit:

  • Fame was never something I was seeking in my artistic journey. It’s to be used as a tool for an artist to break open doors and keep creating. That’s how I enjoyed fame in ’74; it was not just for the emptiness of being famous.
  • On one day of the week, I relax – which is not true, I work furiously on other things. ‘Relax’ is not a word to me.
  • Passion is the motto of all my actions.

Philippe’s answer to “ What makes you so special?

The Walk Trailer:

xo Ms Poet

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