Burt on the Trapeze

At the very opening of Trapeze, we see an aerial act on the trapeze, from a distance, then from below, and finally the acrobat lands, turns around and it’s …Burt Lancaster! Doing his own stunt! Its own thrilling moment of spectacle. No other special effect needed. We have not forgotten that extraordinary people doing extraordinary things with their bodies is graceful, beautiful, awe-inspiring, amazing, spectacular. Youtube is full of such moments from sports. But the movies seem to have forgotten. It’s not the thing being done (easily imaged through CGI) as it’s the demonstration that it is people doing those extraordinary things. This is one example:


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