1974 Twin Towers Tightrope Stunt

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.

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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Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

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