~~October 22, 2015~~
THE WALK …. A TRUE STORY
The Walk is a 2015 American 3D biographical drama film directed by Robert Zemeckis and written by Christopher Browne and Zemeckis.
It is based on the story of French high-wire artist Philippe Petit‘s walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center on August 7, 1974.
The film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon, James Badge Dale, Ben Schwartz, and Steve Valentine. The film was released by TriStar Pictures on September 30, 2015, in the United States in IMAX 3D, and on October 9 in regular 2D and 3D.
The film was dedicated to the victims of the September 11 attacks in 2001.
The story starts with Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) narrating the film atop the Statue of Liberty’s torch.
In 1973, Philippe is a French street performer living in Paris trying to make it through juggling acts and wire walking, much to the chagrin of his father. During one performance he eats a hard candy which was given to him by an audience member and hurts his tooth. He visits the dentist and, while in the waiting room, sees a picture of the Twin Towers in a magazine. He analyzes the photo and decides to make it his mission to walk a tightrope between the two buildings.
Meanwhile, he is kicked out of his parents’ house by his father, citing his lack of income and the fact that he’s a street performer. Philippe returns to the circus that inspired him to wire walk as a child and practices in the big top after hours, but is caught by Papa Rudy (Ben Kingsley), whom he impresses with his juggling skills. While performing one day, Philippe meets a beautiful woman and fellow street performer named Annie (Charlotte Le Bon) and they begin a romantic relationship. He also explains that although he didn’t know it at the time, she was his first “accomplice“. He tells Annie about his dream to walk between the towers of the World Trade Center and she supports him and gives him a perfect place to practice at her music school. Philippe meets a photographer named Jean-Louis (Clément Sibomy) and befriends him, becoming Philippe’s official photographer and second accomplice in his coup.
Philippe asks Papa Rudy for tips and advice on knot tying and rope rigging, which Papa Rudy agrees to for compensation. After failing his first real performance by falling into a lake, Philippe decides to attempt to walk on the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris to redeem himself. He succeeds with the help of Jean-Louis but is arrested in the process. Jean-Louis introduces Jeff (César Domboy), another accomplice who has a fear of heights, to Philippe and Annie, while explaining his idea to use a bow and arrow tied to a fishing line to get the cable across the Towers.
Philippe and Annie then travel to America, setting the date for the walk as August 6, 1974. Philippe dresses in disguises to spy on the construction crews and scout out the locations, impaling his foot on a nail in the process. At one point he meets a man who reveals he is a fan of Philippe’s and saw him at Notre Dame. He introduces himself as Barry Greenhouse (Steve Valentine), a life insurance salesman who works in the building, becoming another member of Philippe’s team. They also meet French-speaking electronics salesman J.P. (James Badge Dale) and his friends, amateur photographer Albert (Ben Schwartz) and stoner David (Benedict Samuel). The gang go over the plan several times, ending with the notion that Philippe must be on the wire before the construction crews arrive at 7:00 AM.
On the eve of the event, the gang encounter several speed bumps, such as being three hours behind schedule, guards on the premises and nearly dropping the heavy cable off the roof. However, they successfully string up the ropes and set the cables. Philippe begins his walk, explaining that everything around him faded once he started, except the wire and himself, and that for the first time in his life he felt truly thankful and at peace. He successfully crosses the gap between the towers while crowds below cheer him on. Once he reaches he has an urge to return, so he walks back again across the void.
At one point he kneels to his audience and even lies down.
The cops arrive, and threaten to cut the cable if he doesn’t get off but Philippe relentlessly continues to walk back and forth until he achieves the feat a total of six times. He is arrested on sight, with the police and construction workers commending him on his bravery.
Philippe and his accomplices are eventually released and he decides to remain in New York, but Annie chooses to follow her dream, and return to Paris.
Philippe is given a free pass to the towers of both observation decks by the building manager at any time, but gives a final sullen look to the camera, with the twin towers in the background, as he says the expiry date was crossed out and changed to “forever”.
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Photo credit: William E. Sauro/The New York Times
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~The Walk Trailer~
Joseph Gordon-Levitt Movie
~Published on Sep 21, 2015~
As a boy, Philippe Petit dreams of performing daring feats for dazzled crowds. As an adult, his life’s ambition comes true, becoming a high-wire artist who stares death in the face with every step.
Under the guidance of mentor Papa Rudy (Ben Kingsley), the daredevil Frenchman devises a mad plan to walk on a tightrope attached to the north and south towers of the World Trade Center.
With help from his team and against all odds, Petit attempts the seemingly impossible stunt on Aug. 7, 1974.
We ALL are ONE!!