Roll up, roll up for a circus flick from 1956 that's part glitz, part ménage à trois melodrama and part CinemaScope spectacle for spectacle's sake. Burt Lancaster stars as embittered trapeze artist Mike Ribble, who's quit performing after a fall. Tony Curtis plays raw-but-talented `flyer' Tino Orsini. The duo's inevitable master-and-apprentice relationship is soon threatened by scheming Lola (Gina Lollobrigida making a sizzling US debut).
Third Man helmer Carol Reed makes the most of the beautiful, choreographed trapeze scenes and moody Parisian locations. But his colourful drama is really too glossy for its own good, a Tinseltown softening of the rough world of travelling folk. Still, perfect viewing for hungover Sundays when you can't be bothered to move your rear from the sofa.