THAT MAN FROM RIO
| 1964 / 2014 – 110′ – Classic – Digitally Restored 50th Anniversary – Adventures / Comedy –
Co-Written by Jean-Paul Rappeneau, Ariane Mnouchkine, Daniel Boulanger, Philippe de Broca.
Directed by Philippe De Broca.
Starring Jean-Paul Belmondo, Françoise Dorléac, Jean Servais, Daniel Ceccaldi, Roger Dumas.
Academy Awards Nominee for Best Screenplay. Winner Best Foreign Language Film New York Film Critics Circle Awards.
In French with English subtitles.
A Cohen Media Group release. |
A blow dart-wielding thug snatches a rare statuette from the Musée de l’Homme; anthropologist Jean Servais (Rififi) is kidnapped in broad Parisian daylight; serviceman Jean-Paul Belmondo begins his 8-day leave by changing to civvies in a Métro entrance and witnesses fiancée Françoise Dorléac (Catherine Deneuve’s sister, killed in a car accident 3 years later) getting kidnapped herself – and then the chase begins: by motorcycle, shoe leather, flight to Rio de Janeiro sans ticket or passport, airport baggage carrier, cable car, pink car complete with green stars and a rumble seat, water skies, Amazon river boat, seaplane, jungle vine… all shot in breathtaking widescreen and color. Even as Dorléac, rescued, is kidnapped again, Belmondo performs his own blood-curdling stunts against that sugar loaf Rio skyline and across that under-construction unearthly architecture of Brasilia (even parachuting almost into the jaws of a hungry croc).