The Codonas are a family of trapeze artists on their fourth generation in the business. Lalo Codona is the catcher, 'Alfredo Codona' and Vera Codona being those that fly through the air. The Codonas are seen performing and practicing under the watchful eye of their father, Edward Codona, once a trapeze artist himself. Trapeze is a skill that requires strength, agility and good timing. The Codonas possess all three. Alfredo's most crowd pleasing tricks include a double somersault while blindfolded, and a triple somersault, he being the only person alive that now masters the latter. Written by
"Swing High" is an early film about trapeze artists. It consists of lots of high-quality footage (often from imaginative angles) and is about everything you'd ever want to see and learn about this.
"Swing High" was nominated for the Best Short Subject Oscar, though today it's hard to imagine this. It isn't because of the cinematography or subject of the film--it's the god-awful narration. While the Pete Smith shorts were made for a very long time by MGM, they don't play all that well today because Pete Smith is just annoying. Often, he tries (in vain) to be funny and his routine really detracted from the films. Because of this, I'll only give this one a 4.
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