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Today it's easily forgotten that most New Yorkers hated the Twin Towers, for    
being so obviously out of proportion. The only serious attempt to reconcile the 
public with their daunting presence in the city's skyline was undertaken in the 
early morning of August 7, 1974 by a French high-wire artist named Philippe     
Petit who, after six years of clandestine planning with a small crew of close   
friends, managed to gain access to both rooftops and secretly install a steel   
cable, on which he crossed the void between the towers a total of eight times   
before surrendering to the Police. Crowds of spectators gathered in the streets 
of Downtown Manhattan, and even the authorities expressed their appreciation:   
The District Attorney dropped all charges of disorderly conduct and criminal    
trespass in exchange for a free performance in Central Park, and the Port       
Authority of New York and New Jersey issued the artist with a lifetime pass to  
the towers' observation deck. The ending, in case you don't already see it      
coming: While his friends are expelled from the United States, Petit himself    
becomes an instant celebrity, experiences a "magnificent explosion of pleasure" 
at the hands of a groupie, and his girlfriend, who had watched him walk the     
wire from 400 meters below, would not see him again for a rather long time.     
                                                                                
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                                                      sunday, september 11, 9 pm
                                                                                
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                                                                   2008, 94 mins
                                                                                
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