Review by: Marijke
The Last Great Circus Flyer, a documentary about Miguel Vasquez who IS the last great trapeze artist, flowed more like a movie than a documentary. At the young age of 17 Miguel mastered the quadruple somersault flying thru the air to be caught by his brother Juan. Even though the film took 6 years to make, it almost appears as though it was filmed in one smooth flow—-using some older authentic footage to highlight various stages of Miguel’s career.
Thru-out the film, the director/producer, himself having been an actor in his lifetime—used present day Miguel, Juan their wives and others, to intercede with commentary about what was about to happen or to explain some of the footage that was about to be shown. The writer feels, that even though the audience may not have been aware of the effect that this had on them, giving the audience notice of what was about to happen thru these solo talks, actually gave a calming effect and took away the fear that the audience may have had that something bad or horrible, like an accident may occur. It allowed the audience to enjoy watching these feats of high daring without constant paralysis to the senses.
Whether it was the camera angle or just the perception that the audience was give, Miguel, his brother Juan and all the other “flyers”, as they are called, seemed taller and larger than life. In actual fact Miguel and most of them are rather short and lightweight looking people—very, very fit with a lot of muscle, as was evidenced when meeting them after the film was shown. What also came across the screen, was that Miguel, who was the feature reason for making this documentary, was and is a humble person. That in itself is noteworthy as many performers who reach the the pinnacle in their field get to being full of themselves and some therefore loose it all. Miguel certainly showed that without his brother, who was the “catcher”, and the support of having the whole family in the business–he would not have been able to succeed.
The film was rather long and for those who are not into all things circus, it may have been a bit too long. However, it was well laid out and gave a realistic view honoring a living legend.
All in all this film was a 4.5 out of 5.
|English Title:||The Last Great Circus Flyer|
|Type of Film:||Documentary Feature|
|Premiere Status:||World Premiere|
|Armando Farfan Jr.|
|Executive Producer:||Mark & Julie Charvet|
|Produced By:||Philip Weyland|