Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Day 48: "That Man From Rio"

Director: Philippe de Broca 1964
Jean-Paul Belmondo in a charming spoof of James Bond, Hitchcock, and the Perils of Pauline. Belmondo flies from Paris to Rio to save his kidnapped girlfriend, the beautiful Francoise Dorleac. There's plenty of mumbo-jumbo about lost civilizations and magical antiquities, all of it an excuse for a romp entailing chases, heights, and water-skiing. Dorleac was the older sister of Catherine Deneuve, and was then a bigger star. Sadly, she died in 1967 in a car accident shortly after finishing "Billion Dollar Brain" (see Day 13). At one point, the action settles in Brasilia, then the spanking new, ultra-modern capital of Brazil. The place looks like the perfect sci-fi set.


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