Perfected in the 19th century workshop of American inventor Frank Sprague, the first functional electric trolley was embraced as a miracle of the electric age—a device that could rid streets of suffocating piles of horse manure and flies and even re-invent civilization. And it did.
The electric streetcar, tram or trolley was a ride that changed everything. Across a century-and-a-half, trolleys carried billions of people to work and play and home again. Gifted with extreme efficiency and an egalitarian outlook, the device helped revitalize and re-build the urban landscape.
Created expressly for giant IMAX® screens The Trolley that Saves the World propels audiences on a kinetic, electrifying and music-charged journey through great cities across the globe, revealing the trolley’s own roller coaster ride: from humble birth to explosive, world-transforming success, to near obliteration in the automobile age, to its technological renaissance in the 21st century. From the trolley’s kinetic vantage, we witness a century and-a-half of explosive change and discover the hidden magic of the trolley itself.
|Documentary, Historical, Transportation, Technology
|Over the course of more than two years, the production team for The Trolley filmed in cities around the world, including Geneva, Lyon, Montpellier, Marseille, Nice, Milan, Toronto and Hong Kong. The film weaves together these live-action trolley journeys with computer graphic reconstructions, maps, aerials and a stunning array of archival footage and imagery to relate the historic role of the trolley across 34 cities in 15 countries.
- Alternate Titles: The Trolley That Saves the World
- Released: April 2018
- Status: In Distribution
- 3D: No
- Run Time: 45 minutes, 43 seconds
- Format: DCI-compliant Digital, IMAX Digital, IMAX Laser, IMAX Laser 12.0
- Distributor: The Stephen Low Company
- Produced By: The Stephen Low Company,
City of Future Films
- Executive Producer: Paul Globus
- Producer: Stephen Low, Pietro L. Serapiglia
- Director: Stephen Low
- Associate Producer:
- Writer: Stephen Low
- Cinematography: Tristan Breeuwer, Stephen Low
- Sound Editor: Peter Thillaye
- Visual Effects: Mario Rachiele, Oblique
- Editor: James Lahti
- Narrator: Maurice Dean Wint
- Other Credits: