Trapeze

Trapeze

Director: Carol Reed

Cast: Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Gina Lollobrigida

     
 

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Former circus aerialist Burt Lancaster was the logical choice to star in the Technicolor drama Trapeze. Lancaster plays a crippled acrobat, disabled after attempting to perform a dangerous triple mid-air somersault. Tony Curtis co-stars as an aspiring aerialist who coerces Lancaster into teaching him the tricks of the trade. The friendship between Lancaster and…  See more details below

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Former circus aerialist Burt Lancaster was the logical choice to star in the Technicolor drama Trapeze. Lancaster plays a crippled acrobat, disabled after attempting to perform a dangerous triple mid-air somersault. Tony Curtis co-stars as an aspiring aerialist who coerces Lancaster into teaching him the tricks of the trade. The friendship between Lancaster and Curtis is threatened by the arrival of beautiful, ambitious circus tumbler Gina Lollobridgida (it's a toss-up as to which of the three stars looks best in spangled tights). Surprisingly, Lancaster's former circus partner Nick Cravat is nowhere to be found in the film; we are, however, treated to the harmonica virtuosity of Johnny Puleo. Trapeze is highlighted by its truly breathtaking stunt sequences, performed by the cream of the European big-top circuit.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The story is nothing to write home about, but Trapeze is an entertaining way to pass a couple of hours, thanks in no small part to its director, cast and cinematographer. The setting is a help, too -- the exciting world of the circus, and especially that section of the circus dedicated to aerial artists. Again, you're not going to watch Trapeze for the originality of its story or for crackling good dialogue; the plot is a typical triangle (although there's a hidden undercurrent of homosexuality that threatens to break through now and then) and the dialogue is on the predictable side. But the story does provide characters with just enough meat on them for Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis and Gina Lollabrigida to get some acting dust stirred up along the way. More importantly, the story provides plenty of excuses for some impressive trapeze action. Even when doubles are used (as is obviously the case in several instances, especially where Lollabrigida is concerned), it's still exciting to watch -- and beautiful, to boot. Director Carol Reed is not at the top of his form in terms of the storytelling, but he and cinematographer Robert Krasker use the camera to excellent effect throughout, not merely in the trapeze sections. Compositions are lovely, and there's a sense of drama to the manner in which the scenes are laid out. Not great, Trapeze is still a fine sawdust-filled way to pass the afternoon.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/17/2009
UPC:
4897007032815
Original Release:
1956
Source:
Castaway Pictures
Region Code:
0
Time:
1:45:00
Sales rank:
28,674

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Burt Lancaster Mike Ribble
Tony Curtis Tino Orsini
Gina Lollobrigida Lola
Katy Jurado Rosa
Thomas Gomez Bouglione
Johnny Puleo Max the Dwarf
Minor Watson John Ringling-North
Gerard Landry Chikki
Jean-Pierre Kerien Otto
Sidney James Snake Charmer
Pierre Tabard Paul
Willy Krause Actor
Edward Ward Actor
Gabrielle Fontan Old Woman
Michael Thomas Ringmaster

Technical Credits
Carol Reed Director
Malcolm Arnold Score Composer
Bert Bates Editor
James Hill Producer
Robbert Karsker Cinematographer
Robert Krasker Cinematographer
Rino Mondellini Art Director
Liam O'Brien Screenwriter
James R. Webb Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Trapeze
1. Circus Bouglione [19:04]
2. Meeting Mike and Tino [15:02]
3. Lola in Between [17:10]
4. Trio in the Trapeze [18:32]
5. Save the Triple [18:08]
6. A Flier is Born [13:13]

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