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Man on Wire

Friday, December 5, 2014  >  7 p.m.

Saturday, December 6, 2014  >  2 p.m. + 7 p.m.

Sunday, December 7, 2014  >  2 p.m.

Woodland Theater of Davies Center

On August 7, 1974, a young Frenchman named Philippe Petit stepped out on a wire illegally rigged between the twin towers of the World Trade Center, the world’s tallest buildings. After dancing on the wire 1,350 feet above the sidewalks of Manhattan for nearly an hour, he was arrested, taken for psychological evaluation, jailed and finally released. Questioned as to why he did it, Petit could only reply, “When I see three oranges, I juggle; when I see two towers, I walk.” Crafted like a suspenseful heist film, Man on Wire received the Academy Award for Best Documentary of 2008.

"There is no way a review can adequately convey its complicated resonance, or its subtle poetic transformation," wrote Salon. "Director Marsh has done much more than document one man’s unlikely accomplishment; he has restored those towers to us as symbols of joy and transcendence."

Sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the Student Senate

Free admission with a Blugold Card or Campus Films Pass

Community members interested in attending a campus film screening may buy a Campus Films Pass at the Service Center, 715-836-3727, in the east lobby of Davies Center. Campus Films Passes are valid throughout the 2014–15 academic year. Individual film series memberships are $4; a family membership is $10.


United States 2008
94 minutes
Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and nudity, and drug references
Directed by James Marsh


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