That Man From Rio


(out of 5)

Original title:  L’Homme De Rio

 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.

Les Films Ariane, Les Productions Artistes Associés, Dear Film Produzione

Italy/France, 1964

Directed by Philippe De Broca

Screenplay by , , , Philippe de Broca, dialogue by Daniel Boulanger

Cinematography by 

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by 

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1964

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