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Trapeze [DVD] [1956]

Burt Lancaster , Tony Curtis , Carol Reed    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Gina Lollobrigida
  • Directors: Carol Reed
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Second Sight Films
  • DVD Release Date: 30 July 2012
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00863G0QQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,079 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Trapeze is Carol Reed's breath-taking circus melodrama featuring an all-star cast including Tony Curtis, Gena Lollobrigida and former trapeze artist Burt Lancaster.

Mike is the master of the trapeze but is severely injured after an accident while attempting a dangerous triple somersault. Tino is the aspiring aerialist who is determined to learn the death-defying trick and knows Mike is the man to teach him. The pair become firm friends but their relationship is threatened by the arrival of Lola, a beautiful and driven acrobat with ambitions of her own.

With spellbinding stunts performed by the best circus performers in Europe, Trapeze is a high-flying visual treat with an unforgettable finale.

Product Description

Trapeze is Carol Reed's breath-taking circus melodrama featuring an all-star cast including Tony Curtis, Gina Lollobrigida and former trapeze artist Burt Lancaster. Mike is the master of the trapeze but is severely injured after an accident while attempting a dangerous triple somersault. Tino is the aspiring aerialist who is determined to learn the death-defying trick and knows Mike is the man to teach him. The pair become friends but their relationship is threatened by the arrival of Lola, a beautiful and driven acrobat with ambitions of her own. With spellbinding stunts performed by the best circus performers in Europe, Trapeze is a high-flying visual treat with an unforgettable finale.


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flying High 15 Aug 2008
Format:DVD
It is over 40 years since I first saw this film but time has not diminished its appeal. It has a taut and convincing storyline with good acting and a fine script. The principal delight are the trapeze scenes which are magnificently performed. The ambition of the young flyer (Tony Curtis) is to learn from the old cynical circus hand Burt Lancaster how to execute one of the circus's great feats namely the triple somersault mid air. The main thrust of the storyline covers their growing joint realisation that they can achieve this together. The love interest adds a relevant and pointed aspect to the psychological interaction of the two male leads. Buy this film. It is a classic.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The daring young men on the flying trapeze... 29 Nov 2007
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Burt Lancaster traded on his former life as a trapeze artist for this melodrama, easily one of the most enjoyable of circus movies. He plays a famed flyer who is coaxed back after an accident that has left him with a limp by Tony Curtis, who wants to learn the near impossible triple somersault, until Gina Lollabrigida muscles in on their act and sets them against each other. Lancaster is on great form, either in the air or pinching his unwanted protégée's drink, Curtis (doubled in the acrobatic scenes by Lancaster's former circus partner Nick Cravat) is amiably enthusiastic, and La Lollabrigida is about as subtle as a flying sledgehammer, delivering lines like "I wuz alwayz strong in da legs" for considerably more than they're worth.

With a colourful supporting cast, including snake-hater Sid James trying to sell a used python (he apparently took the part to pay off another gambling debt), and a terrific array of behind-the-scenes talent (director Carol Reed, cinematographer Robert Krasker, composer Malcolm Arnold), Trapeze is a lavishly produced audience picture with a few inspired moments in the air. The first performance is a terrific piece of direction and editing and looks terrific in widescreen. This is a film that makes such full use of the Scope ratio that it's always been marred by panning-and-scanning on TV, very consciously designed for the CinemaScope screen that at the time was almost as big a draw as the stars at the box-office, so it's good to see the original ratio preserved on this DVD even if the print is a tad grainy in places.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trapeze 12 Sep 2009
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Ambitious highflier, played by Tony Curtis, arrives at the circus in Paris looking for a once famous trapeze artist, played by Bert Lancaster, whose career was ruined by a bad fall that left him a cripple. He wants him to teach him the 'Triple' so he will become famous. Gina Lollobrigida gets in on the act providing sparkle and glamour. A love triangle develops between them threatening the 'Triple' act. The most spectacular authentic circus movie ever made, very enjoyable.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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YOU SEE THIS AND YOU WISH YOU HAD WINGS AND COULD FLY-

Burt Lancaster was a maverick of his generation and was a Trapeze artist which was his first love and he indulges here in toto and does full justice to a great role requiring immense stamina and talent .

That he looks much better then the likes of Brad Pitt or Cruise is added on by his immense acting talent .
The best circus drama ever made and Trapecio is a tremendous achievement .
Carol Reed directs with a whimsical charm giving his 3 leads all the screen space they deserve and desire and makes this a sheer delight.

Three gorgeous human specimens in leotards in a European circus act with Burt Lancaster in his prime trying to do the impossible Triple flip .
His catcher is the young stud Curtis who is vying for Lolo's charms and the love triangle is as delicious as a triple scoop of Italian gelato .

Breathtaking stunts -gorgeous visual design and tremendously entertaining -Carol Reed had a visual sense which is rare in cinema and the camera angles used are amazing but not as amazing as the physical forms of Burt and Gina who look like celestial beings and seem like Greek Gods have decided to grace the screen
A must see .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great film! 21 April 2013
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I hadn't seen this film for years but it was always in the back of my mind to buy it. Once i bought it i watched it straight away. One of the best films ever made. makes todays films look wooden because of the acting. all three stars gave a brilliant performance. They dont make films like these any more and if they did it would be all special effects.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD Purchase 1 Aug 2009
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Burt Lancaster ! What more is there to say ! A legend !
Forty four years of films with Birdman from Alcatraz topping them all.
These films will be watched for generations to come.
Worthy of a place in my DVD collection any time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trapeze 1956 16 Feb 2014
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This shows Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis and Gina Brigida at their passionate, physical, intense best and this is a very good entertaining film about circus life, and how being good at something difficult and dangerous, the amount of effort one has to put in to become a really good performer, and the sacrifice one has to make to get to the top. The roles display envy, greed, jealousy, anger, ambition, lust, connivance, dedication, despair. sacrifice and love.
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