That Man From Rio (1964)

PHILIPPE DE BROCA

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

Original title:  L’Homme De Rio

Italy/France, 1964.  Les Films Ariane, Les Productions Artistes Associés, Dear Film Produzione.  Screenplay by , , , Philippe de Broca, dialogue by Daniel Boulanger.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Film Editing by

 is wonderful as a happy-go-lucky soldier who arrives at his girlfriend’s house during a 7-day leave and just manages to witness her being kidnapped. He follows her abductors to Brazil and rescues her, but before going back home they need to solve the mystery of stolen artifacts that were the reason she was taken in the first place. Lots of twists and turns in the delightful, Oscar-nominated screenplay, plus an adorable performance by (the elder sister of Catherine Deneuve) as the kidnap victim who can’t follow the mystery through without occasionally stopping to dance with the locals or enjoy the beautiful scenery. The pace never stops for a minute, its zaniness only adds to the pleasure.

Academy Award Nomination: Best Original Story and Screenplay

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