Gina Wells, Burt Lancaster, ABC discussed on You Must Remember This
Though, she probably has no more talent than it takes for black eyed Susan to allure ABI genome was said to possess something else. The iron will of the true star personality. She is up at five every morning works hard until six in the evening. Studies her part or read scripts for an hour before bed at ten. She was said to be obsessed with how her image was disseminated in the international media carefully filling scrapbooks with clippings and using the courts to enforce and shape her persona, quote, Gina's, most extravagant outbursts of vanity are connected with her hobby suing people she has been involved in as many as ten lawsuits at once her most famous day in court came when she asked for damages from an Italian movie critic who wrote a derogatory review about her adore. He and his editor were fined one hundred seventy six dollars and costs. Gina was still unable to make movies in Hollywood. But her best chance for Hollywood stardom came in nineteen fifty-six with trapeze, a technicolor circus movie directed by Carol Reed, and featuring Gina as a want in Lee self interested sex pot who plays an aging crippled. Master trapeze artists played by Burt Lancaster against his young protege played by Tony Curtis. I had never heard of trapeze before I started writing this episode, and I have no idea why. Because it's terrific in looks incredible. The wide screen colors Matafi by Robert Kraft Skar who shot reads, the third man makes for maybe the most gorgeous film of its era filmed almost entirely inside trap e is has that strange and very nineteen fifties juxtaposition of dreamlike deck. Artificiality and naturalism with performances influenced by method acting and an effort at realism in the trapeze stunts, some of which Lancaster who had been a circus acrobat in the nineteen thirties performed himself. This mixed vibe as perfect for the Brigitta who with probably her most challenging English language part certainly to this point shows more depth as a performer than any film of hers that I've seen in nineteen fifty eight after trapeze had successfully crossed her over to the American market Orson Welles made a short film, originally called Viva Italia. But sometimes called portrait of Gina. Wells had been working in England and Europe since the late nineteen forties. A period that included the triumph of his role in Carol. Reads, the third man, but also included a lot of struggle by nineteen fifty eight when he made portrait of Gina wells was over a decade removed from the peak of his American success. He appears on camera in the short documentary, which was intended to be aired on ABC television in the US, very overweight dressed in a tuxedo and hat a cigar. Ever-present he frequently addresses the camera and interstitial transitional segments. And even in interviews with the subjects of the peace. He seems to be really talking to the viewer rather than the interviewee when ABC received Wells' cut of the movie, they refused to air it. And it's easy to see. Why wasn't appropriate for mainstream TV network, then.