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The Human Spider

Good films stir emotions, but really good films evoke primitive conditioning. The Human Spider is one of those films. This film can cause vertigo.

One of realscreen's Top Five MIPCOM Picks.

October 5, 2007


Good films stir emotions, but really good films evoke primitive conditioning. The Human Spider is one of those films. This film can cause vertigo.

The film follows some of the feats attempted by Alain Robert; a free climber (which is a little nuts in itself) who tackles some of the tallest buildings in the world. Without bothering to inform local authorities, Robert arrives suddenly and begins inching up the face of a given building, hand over hand, with no safety ropes to keep him from plunging to his death.

Though partially disabled from falls, this French free climber has attempted edifices such as the Tour Agbar in Barcelona, The Taipei 101 in Taiwan (over 500 meters high) and the Sears Tower in Chicago. As Robert slowly ascends – sometimes in a Spiderman costume – crowds form below him, including frustrated security guards who are left to stare helplessly with the rest.

If you suffer from a fear of heights, this probably isn’t the film for you. Some of the shots are spectacular, if stomach churning. Hopefully, the camera operators were roped off.

Partners: Firecracker Films distributed through RDF Rights for Channel 4
Wrapping: TBD
Length: 60 minutes
Rights available: Worldwide, excluding UK

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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