1974 Twin Towers Tightrope Stunt

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In 1974, just a year after the Twin Towers were completed, French tightrope artist Philip Petit set out to achieve his ultimate goal: to string and walk a wire between the Towers. The original CBS News broadcast documents the unimaginable feat, including an interview with the police officer who eventually talked Petit down from the wire. According to the officer, the performance was "supreme. The apex of excitement." 

The Academy Award-winning documentary Man on Wire tells the full story, blending archival footage and photographs with the cinematic craft of a thriller. Director James Marsh described the story as "a heist movie," but it's also a tribute to the architectural beauty of the Twin Towers.

The film is now available on DVD from Magnolia Pictures.

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Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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