Wednesday, 16 May 2018

1 9 5 6 - 'Sinfonia Carioca' - 'Chico Viola não morreu'

8 January 1956 - Watson Macedo's lavish production of 'Sinfonia Carioca' did wonderful business at the box office. We're sad to say not a single copy of this film survived the ravages of the tropical climate. Eliana Macedo, the director's niece stars with Anselmo Duarte who went to bigger things becoming a fine director in 'Absolutamente certo' and then winning the Palm d'Or in Cannes in 1962 for 'O pagador de promessas'. The eternal ugly-duckling Zezé Macedo (no relation) completes the trio.
29 January 1956 - Atlantida presents 'Chico Viola não morreu' (Chico Viola has not died) a bio-pic of singer Francisco Alves who actually died in a car crash on the Sao Paulo-Rio highway on 27 September 1952. Mr. Alves aka Chico Viola had been incredibly popular throughout the 30s and 40s and the nation was in shock when he perished inside his burning Buick near Pindamonhangaba-SP on his way back to Rio de Janeiro which was the capital. Cyll Farney plays Chico Viola and lip-syncs all his greatest hits like 'Adeus' (Goodbye), 'A voz do violão', 'Aquarela do Brasil', 'A mulher que ficou na taça' (The woman who remained in the cup) etc. Watch for a very young Eva Wilma and eternally posh Heloisa Helena. Old timer Vicente Celestino's wife Gilda de Abreu wrote the screenplay. 
12 February 1956 - Carlos Manga's 'Vamos com calma' starring Oscarito with Eliana & Cyll Farney as the romantic duo.
26 February 1956 - Nelson Pereira dos Santos' 'Rio 40 graus' with 5 different stories about life in Rio de Janeiro was something utterly different from everything that had been filmed in Brazil up to that point. Nelson Pereira dos Santos introduced what would be known as Cinema Novo in the next few years. 

11 March 1956 - Flama Filmes presents 'Tira a mão daí' (Keep your hands off), a Poverty Row production to cash in on Carnaval season. Zezé Macedo & show-girl turned comedienne Consuelo Leandro are the best-known names there. Marion, a seasoned singer also acts in this comedy.  

1 9 5 5 - 'Carnaval em Marte' - 'Carnaval em L'A Maior'

6 February 1955 - Watson Macedo's eagerly-awaited 'Carnaval em Marte' (Carnival in Mars) with heart-throb Anselmo Duarte, his then-wife Ilka Soares, sensationally zany Violeta Ferraz, dead-pan Catalano plus a millionaire line-up of singers like Angela Maria, Emilinha Borba, Linda Baptista, Jorge Veiga, Jorge Goulart, Cauby Peixoto, Carmen Costa, Aracy Costa & Radio Nacional MC Cesar de Alencar.
6 February 1955 - at Teatro Maria Della Costa, 'Com a pulga atras da orelha' directed by Gianni Ratto; at Cine Marabá & 12 other cinemas Ankito in 'Angú de caroço' with wonderful Heloisa Helena plus Consuelo Leandro.
16 February 1955 - Ademar Gonzaga's 'Carnaval em l'a maior' a pun on Radio Record whose moniker was 'Record, a maior'. Film produced by Cinematográfica Maristela in its studios in Mariporã-SP. All the acts were signed by Radio & TV Record.
17 February 1955 - great comedian Oscarito is back with 'Guerra ao samba' with Eliana & Cyll Farney plus bad man Renato Restier & Oscarito's real-life wife Margot Louro; A great parade of singers like Black Out, Nora Ney, Virginia Lane, Isaurinha Garcia, Portuguese transformist Ivaná aka Yvaná, Dalva de Andrade, Vocalistas Tropicais, Jorge Goulart and pianist Bené Nunes. 
17 February 1955 - circus clows were popular in the 1950s; Fuzarca & Torresmo star in 'Ai vem o general' where they do their antics between musical numbers performed by Black Out, Emilinha Borba, Cauby Peixoto, Odette Amaral etc. 

1 9 5 4 - 'Floradas na serra'

6 October 1954 - Vera Cruz presents 'Floradas na serra' with Cacilda Becker, Jardel Filho, Miro Cerni and other actors from Sao Paulo's Teatro Brasileiro de Comedia which was the vanguard of Brazilian theatre then.
8 August 1957 - José Carlos Burle's 'Chamas no cafezal' (Flames in the coffee plantation) with Luigi Picchi, Angelica Hauff & Guido Lazzarini. Even though most of the cast have foreign names this is a Brazilian production.

Thursday, 10 May 2018

'Garota enxuta' 1959

Grande Otelo and a very young Agnaldo Rayol...
Ankito & Nelly Martins 
Renato Restier & Ankito 
Nelly Martins & Agnaldo Rayol 
Emilinha Borba always brought additional box-office returns... 
Zequinha & Quinzinho
Elizeth Cardoso, Grande Otelo & Agnaldo Rayol. See the sign on the wall: Fale em surdina (Talk low).

'Nem sol, nem luz, nem paz' - Agostinho dos Santos (Fernando Cesar-Otello Zuccolo)

'Em meus braços' - Emilinha Borba (Irany de Oliveira-Almeida Rêgo)

'Menina sai' - Ivon Curi (I.Curi)

'No bico da chaleira' (Juca Storoni) /
'Touradas em Madrid' (João de Barro-A.Ribeiro)
Trio Yrakitan 

'Eva querida' (Benedicto Lacerda-Luiz Vassalo) /
'Marcha do grande galo' (Lamartine Babo-Paulo Barbosa) /
'Quebra quebra gabiroba' / 'Oh Filomena' (motivos populares)
Grande Otelo & Vera Regina

'O teu cabelo não nega' (Lamartine Babo) Grande Otelo, Vera Regina & Carijó

'Só faltava ela' (Grande Otelo) /
'Luar de Paquetá' (Freire Junior-Hermes Fontes)
Nelly Martins & Agnaldo Rayol

'Pelas estradas do tempo' (Grande Otelo)
Nelly Martins & Agnaldo Rayol com Grande Otelo & Vera Regina

'Jardineira' - Orlando Silva (Benedicto Lacerda-Humberto Pôrto) 

'Conselho' - Morgana (Denys Brean-Guilherme)

'No morro da Mangueira' - Marion (Manuel Dias)

'Quem não gosta' - Iris Bruzzi (Remo Usci-Israel Sattini)

'Pirata da perna de pau' - Nuno Roland (João de Barro-Alberto Ribeiro)

'Mamãe eu quero' - Jararaca (Vicente-Paiva-Jararaca)

'Qual a razão?' - Rynaldo Calheiros (Alceu Tunes)

'Fala quem quiser' - Zequinha & Quinzinho (Irmãos Orlando)

'É bom parar'- Moreira da Silva (Nássara-Rubens Soares)

'Lig, lig, lé' - Sylvio Junior (Oswaldo Santiago-Paulo Barbosa)

Conjunto Rancho Almeidinha
coreografia: Edmundo Carijó
solistas: Thelma Elita & Edmundo Carijó

1 9 5 7 - 'Absolutamente certo'

27 January 1957 - Carlos Manga's 'Papai fanfarrão' is another vehicle for Oscarito supported by Cyll Farney and his real-life wife Margot Louro.
17 February 1957 - directed by Luiz de Barros, 'Samba na Vila'  this would be a B-musical-comedy for most of the cast is not really popular... even though Angela Maria, the most popular singer in the country sings in it. 
10 February 1957 - Talking about Angela Maria's popularity... she had a weekly Sunday show on Channel 5, TV Paulista... do we need to say anything else? 
24 February 1957 - J.B. Tanko directs Ankito & Grande Otelo in 'Metido a bacana' with Nelly Martins, Renato Restier, Roberto Duval, Wilson Grey plus musical number by Angela Maria and Dora Lopes singing 'Maria Navalha'.
24 February 1957 - Brazilian legislation made a system of quotas for cinema-houses throughout the country to show a minimum of Brazilian movies a year so MGM who had a net of cinemas had to comply with the law even if MGM did not produce any films in Brazil. So every now and then MGM movie houses were showed Brazilian musical comedies like 'Samba na Vila' at Cines Rio, Leblon, Itapura & Jardim... or Anselmo Duarte & Ilka Soares in 'Carnaval em Marte' at Cine Rio; Ronaldo Lupo's 'Genival é de morte' at Cine Leblon & Itapura; Cine Jardim on Rua Fradique Coutinho in Pinheiros showed Renato Restier in 'Sai de baixo'...
3 March 1957 - Carlos Manga's 'Garotas e samba' is a great musical-comedy. No apparent star at the billing but after watching it one knows it is a Renata Fronzi & Zé Trindade movie even though Sonia Mamede & Zezé Macedo are also strong presences.
24 March 1957 - based on a short story by Lima Barreto (1881-1922), 'Osso, amor e papagaios' (Bone, love and parrots) had a great cast with old-timer Jayme Costa (1897-1967) plus Ruth de Souza, Darcy Coria, Fabio Cardoso & Maria Dilnah.
29 March 1957 - the most popular comedian in the country Mazzaroppi's movies were sure-fire box-office hits: 'O noivo da girafa' with Glauce Rocha Roberto Duval could not be different. 
26 May 1957 - popular radio singer Doris Monteiro had been making films since 'Agulha no palheiro' (A needle in the haystack) in 1953. This time she interacts with two popular comedians who came from a circus background.
23 June 1957 - Eurides Ramos' 'O barbeiro que se vira' an obvious pun on Rossini's 'O barbeiro de Sevilla' had popular circus clown Arrelia (Waldemar Seyssel 1905-2005) topping the the bill while Eliana Macedo (1926-1990) came second. That shows how popular Arrelia was especially among children who would watch his Sunday afternoon show 'Circo do Arrelia' on TV Record.
7 July 1957 - The most popular comedian in town, Arrelia. keeps attracting crowds to the cinemas in its 2nd week. 
21st July 1957 - Watson Macedo knew what Brazilians liked to see on the silver screen. Dercy Gonçalves could no no wrong circa 1957, her theatre appearances being sold out all-year-round. Straight from the burlesque theatre Ms Gonçalves was Gonçalina 'A baronesa transviada' (The deviating baroness) a beauty saloon worker who finds out she was thrown out into a rubbish bin when she was a baby and in fact she is a baroness. Show-girl Zaquia Jorge has a supporting role and could have flown high were not for her tragic death on 22nd April 1957. She drowned while swimming out in the shore next to Barra da Tijuca.
Grande Otelo, Badaró, Dercy Gonçalves, Rosa Sandrini & Bill Farr. 
 18 August 1957Oscarito was still the most popular cinema comedian in Brazil but Zé Trindade would soon get the lead. Renata Fronzi was not only Trindade's side-kick but a force on her own. 'Treze cadeiras' (13 chairs) is a very good flick. 

21st August 1957 - Aloisio Carvalho's 'Tem boi na linha' (There's a cow on the line) is Ronaldo Lupo's production but Zé Trindade takes the laurels... See show-girl Wilza Carla in her acting debut. 
Wilza Carla & Zé Trindade.
2 September 1957 - based on a novel by Jose Mauro de Vasconcelos, 'Arara vermelha' paired Anselmo Duarte & Odete Lara in her first major screen role.
22nd September 1957 - Ever since Lima Barreto's 'O cangaceiro' (The bandit) won international acclaim in Cannes in 1953, there was a trend in Brazilian cinema to emulate that sort of environment that resembled the USA wild west portrayed in the Western genre. 'Dioguinho' played by Helio Souto was a local bandit on the loose too. 
27 October 1957 - leading man Alberto Ruschel in another big production trying to cash in on the popularity of 1953's 'O cangaceiro'. Fada Santoro was the pretty-face everyone wanted; Luigi Picchi, a suprising good actor who migrated from Italy; Rubens de Falco would have to wait for 2 decades to be popular in TV soap-operas and Francisco Negrão, a good-looking leading man who didn't go too far. 
3 November 1957 - OESP review of 'O capaganga' is actually interesting for it tries to shed light on the whole of this new 'genre'.
3 November 1957 - A musical fantasy 'Cangerê' blends Black & White elements the Brazilian culture featuring musical numbers with Raul Moreno, Gilda de Barros, Raul de Barros, Leny Eversong, Cauby Peixoto, Paulo Molin, Francisco Carlos...
Claudiano Filho plays Sacy Malandro; singer Paulo Molin.
Norma Suely, Claudiano Filho & .... in 'Cangerê'. 
Paulo Molin. 
10 November 1957 - heart-throb matinee idol Anselmo Duarte's first job as a director is crowned with success: 'Absolutamente certo' (Absolutely right) was a resounding box-office smash.
10 November 1957 - Ladislao Vajda's 'Marcelino pan y vino' is obviously not a Brazilian movie. It is here just to reminds us that it was the biggest box-office of 1957.
10 November 1957 - TV circus turns into a movie in '...O circho chegou à cidade!'...

17 November 1957 - Primo Carbonari was a news-reel producer who sometimes ventured into featured films. Carbonari assembled a motley-crew of comedians from both Rio and S.Paulo and put them together in 'O circo chegou à cidade' (Circus has arrived in town). Walter Stuart used to be the ring-master at TV Tupi's programmes for most of the 1950s.
17 November 1957 - Not much information about this flick that deals with 'Fernão Dias', a 16th-18th century adventurer-explorer motivated by profit, known for hunting down natives for slaves as well for locating mines of precious stones and metals. White Brazilians tried to 'glamourize' these criminals' lives and equate them to the US frontier man but that has never actually happened. They were nothing but bloody murderers. They are still revered by some right-wing idiots and are known as 'bandeirantes'.

20 November 1957 - Eliana aka Brazil's sweetheart goes to Sao Paulo and proves 'A doutora é muito viva' (The female-lawyer is really smart!) she could do almost anything. Hungarian director Ferenc Fekete does a great job showing Sao Paulo's newest and poshest buildings in artistic angles... Look out for Maria Dilnah, Otello Zeloni and Luely Figueiró...
10 December 1957 - Avant-première of 'Uma certa Lucrecia' that would open only on 30 December...
8 December 1957 - J.B.Tanko's 'Com agua na boca' used all the tricks in the book to extract some laughs from the audience. A thin plot was no problem... you could always interspesed it with a good musical number with Angela Maria or Cauby Peixoto... Tanko even signed Miss Cinelândia 1957, Adalgiza Colombo who would go on to become the 2nd most beautiful woman in the Universe six months later...
15 December 1957 - Circus clowns Carequinha & Fred were so popular in Rio de Janeiro they could make a whole film wearing their makeup... just like Arrelia did in Sao Paulo where he was the King of Clowns...Look out for Adalgiza Colombo who in six months would become Miss Brazil 1958 and would be the runner-up for Miss Universe 1958, in Long Beach, California...
30 December 1957 - Closing 1957 with a golden key 'Uma certa Lucrecia' only goes to show that the Brazilian film industry was on top of the world... comedienne Dercy Gonçalves has one of her best years ever either at the cinemas or at live theatre... There is a new face at the movies: Odete Lara or Odette Lara that would eventually become the greatest actress in the Brazilian movie industry.