Thursday, November 6, 2014

1961 movie ads July to Dec. 'Mulheres e milhoes'

'Tokyo de noite' at Cine Aurea; sumptuous Cine Windsor is inaugurated on 19 July 1961, a Wednesday showing Brazilian actor Pedro Geraldo impersonating Mexican performer turned monk Jose Mojica in 'Yo, pecador'.

23 July 1961 - Italo-American Vic Damone - Hollywood's star - sang at Teatro Ritz (former Cine Ritz) on Rua da Consolação, 2403 at 4:00 PM and 9:00 PM; Greek actress Melina Mercouri starred in her husband Jules Dassin's acclaimed 'Never on Sunday' (Nunca aos domingos) at Cine Normandie; at Cine Aurea, 1959's  'Pigalle à Tokyo' - Tokio de noite (Arashi o yobu Otoko) with Yujiro Ishihara & Miye Kitahara; at Cine Windsor, Brazilian actor Pedro Geraldo plays the role of Jose Mojica in 'Yo, pecador' (Eu, pecador) with Libertad Lamarque; at Cine Republica, Spanish child-star Joselito plays 'El pequeño coronel' for the kid's delight.

German bombshell Ingrid Van Bergen smokes & kisses Hardy Krüger at the same time.

23 July 1961 - Europen movies were almost as popular as those from the US’s;  at Cine Coral, André Hunebelle’s 1957's‘Casino de Paris’ starring Caterina Valente, Gilbert Becaud & Vittorio de Sica and famous Paris’s Lido’s girls; at Cine Metro, Lilli Palmer stars in a 1960 British WWII movie ‘Conspiracy of hearts’ (Uma saudade em cada alma) about nuns in Italy smuggling Jewish children out of an internment camp near to their convent; at adults-only Cine Jussara, ‘Die kleinen Nitribitts’ (As exploradas) with Angelika Meissner about night life in Germany; at Cine Monaco, 1960's ‘Bumerang’ or 'Cry double cross' (Angustia de um dilema) with Ingrid Van Bergen; at Cine Aurea, ‘O preço de um adulterio’ (Du gehörst mir/Your body belongs to me) with Peter Van Eyck & Barbara Rütting; at Cine Republica, Fritz Lang’s 1959's 'Der Tiger von Eschnapur' (O tigre da India) with Debra Paget and a German cast.

Caterina Valente plays the star of a show written by Gilbert Becaud.

24 July 1961 - Ronald Golias was a TV comedian from TV Paulista who became nationally known through a few films produced by Rio's Herbert Richers like Victor Lima's 'Tudo legal' (1960) plus 'Os 3 cangaceiros' and J.B.Tanko's 'O dono da bola' in 1961. Grande Otelo who had been Oscarito's and Ankito's side-kick plays the same role here. Beautiful Norma Blum plays the romantic interest and Vera Regina is usually Grande Otelo's date or wife.

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30 July 1961 - German movies kept on poping up everywhere; 'Sehnsucht hat mich verführt' (Possuida pelo desejo) with Erika Remberg & Deitmar Schöenherr at adults-only Cine Aurea in the red-light district: at Cine Maracha in fashionable Rua Augusta, Nazi time Swedish diva Zarah Leander played Christian Wolff's mother in Wolfgang Schleif''s 1959's 'Der blauer Nachfalter' (The blue moth / Meu filho é inocente); see it at:

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13 August 1961 - Luchino Visconti's 'Rocco e i suoi fratelli' (Rocco e seus irmãos) was eagerly expected at Cine Olido, that shows Karlheinz Bohm of 'Sissi' fame in 1960's 'Peeping Tom' (A tortura do medo) a British thriller/horror film about a serial killer who murders women while using a portable movie camera to record their dying expression of terror; in the UK it is considered part of a Sadean trilogy with 1959's 'Horrors of the Black Museum' and 1960's 'Circus of Horrors'; the 3 films were connected through their themes of voyeurism, female disfigurement and sadistic patriarchal figures;  Curt Jürgens & Orson Welles appear in 'Ferry to Hong Kong' (O proscrito de Hong Kong); Brigitte Bardot & Charles Boyer appear in 1957's 'O principe e a parisiense' (La parisienne); at Cine Jussura 'Die Wahrheit uüber Rosemarie' (A verdade sobre Rosemarie) where British actress Belinda Lee could show her beautiful legs; Belinda actually died in 12 March 1961 in a car accident near San Bernardino, Calif., on her way to L.A. from Las Vegas where she had been acting in a film.
 Belinda Lee portraying tragic mistress Rosemarie Nitribitt.

13 August 1961 - Carlos Manga's 'Os 2 ladrões' was Oscarito at his best; especially the scene Mr. Manga pilfered from Marx Brothers' 'Duck soup' where Oscarito wearing the same frock as Eva Todor's apes her movements as if he were her reflection in the wide mirror; it's the highlight of this witty comedy; at Cine Coral, Pietro Germi's 'Il rossetto' (O baton/The lipstick) deals with under-age sex and murder; at Cine Metro, Danielle Darrieux plays a singer who believes she's being haunted by the ghost of her dead husband in 'Murder at 45 r.p.m.' (Meurtre en 45 tours'/Assassinato em 45 r.p.m.); the title is heavily dated in these digital times of ours where no one knows what rotation-per-minute - r.p.m. - could ever mean.

16 August 1961 - comedian José Vasconcelos made a lot of money with his one-man show and now he produced plays for other comedians like Walter D'Avila & Otelo Zeloni in 'Defunto Zero Quilometro' at Theatro Paramount; at Hotel Comodoro's Captain's Bar on Avenida Duque de Caxias, old timer Sylvio Caldas sang nightly; at night-club La Vie en Rose, Roberto Luna sang accompanied by Baby & Arinos Souza Lima; American singer Della Reese sang at Teatro Ritz on Wed., Thurs. & Friday at 5:00 and 9:00 PM; actress-producer Nydia Licia presented The New York Repertory Theatre (members of the Actor's Studio) at Theatro Municipal introducing Rita Gum, Viveca Lindsfor, Betty Field, William Daniels etc.

20 August 1961 – The Sunday ‘Indicações da semana’ columnist was exultant on this particular day: Dois acontecimentos dão especial relevo a esses 7 dias de cinema.O 1º é a apresentação de ‘Rocco e i suoi fratelli’, a importantíssima fita de Luchino Visconti, o maior diretor do cinema italiano, criador de obras exponenciais como ‘Senso’ e ‘Le notti bianche’. O 2º embora se processe na esfera do teatro, tem ligações indiscutíveis com a 7ª. Arte: é a estréia amanhã do New York Repertory Theatre, o grupo teatral saído do antigo Group Theater e da recente voga do Actor’s Studio e que trará em pessoa, até o nosso público, 2 atrizes que já não poderão ser desligadas das antologias de cinema: Viveca Lindfors e Betty Field.

28 August 1961 - Vagareza was another comedian (from Rio) who made it to the movies straight from the TV screens. 'Eu sou o tal' (I'm the greatest) doing what others had already done; look out for superb comedienne Nancy Wanderley who usually stole the show of anyone next to her; Chico Anisio was married to Nancy but only found his niche in Brazilian TV a little later; good musical numbers with Juca Chaves and The Golden Boys.

2 September 1961 -  at Cine Monaco, Italian singer Teddy Reno sings 'Immer will ich treu dir sein My happiness' in a duet with Austrian Waltraut Haas in 1959's 'Traumrevue' (...E o espetaculo continua); at Cine Windsor another Austrian flick: 'Guitarren kingen leise durch die Nacht' with Fred Bertelman & Margit Nünke; at Cine Rivoli, Romy Schneider conquered Jean Claude Pascal in 'Die schöne Lügnerin' (A bela e sua magestade); one felt like you could pretend you were living in Austria or Germany by the number of German-speaking movies playing in São Paulo.

Waltraut Haas & Teddy Reno in a snow-filled fun.

2 September 1961 - Joan Collins & Richard Egan are ‘Esther and the King’ (Esther e o rei) produced by 20th Century Fox at Cine Marrocos; at adults-only Cine Jussara 1958's ‘Küsse die Toten’ (Perigos do desejo) with Heliane Bei & Susanne Kraetsch; European movies were considered ‘risqué’ and sexier than the US staple attracting a certain male audience in search of sexual thrills. Sometimes titles were wrongly translated just to give that sexual edge to the original product; at Cine Art-Palacio a Brazilian movie  ‘A moça do quarto 13’ (The girl from room 13) with Brian Donlevy, a US leading man.

Germany's 'Küsse die Töten' (Perigos do desejo).

24 September 1961 - Brazilians always had a secret wish to emulate the Yankees and their western-movies. This French-Italo-Brazilian co-production 'Os bandeirantes' (Les pionniers) directed by Marcel Camus is an adventure that might lead to the sprout of a new 'genre', that of a Brazilian 'western'... but it seems like nothing of the sort came out of it; at huge Cine Republica, 'Hell to eternity' (Do inferno para a eternidade) tried to imitate 'From here to eternity' with Jeffrey Hunter that soon would shoot to stardom due to his portrayal of Jesus in 'King of Kings'. David Janssen who would be famous as of 1963 due to his TV series 'The fugitive' and Vic Damone who had just sang at Teatro Tupi in S.Paulo but was wooden as an actor; talking about visiting acts, Naepolitan singer Aurelio Fierro was among us again and sang at Teatro Tupi too; Austrians & Germans kept on churning out flicks about cute princesses; Marianne Hold was 'Die Prinzessin von St. Wolfgang' (Os amores de uma princesa); while at Teatro Natal, show-girls Eloina & Brigite Blair sent up Hollywood with 'Vedettes sem causa' a spoof of 'Rebles without a cause'.

Austrian Prinzessin galore

1st October 1961 - Pel Mex - Peliculas Mexicanas - shows all its power at Cine Windsor preseenting a different movie every day; on Monday, 1958's 'Adonde van nuestros hijos?' with Dolores del Rio who was 53 years old when she played the mother; Madga Lopes plays another mother in 1956's 'El diario de mi madre'; Pedro Infante plays the main role in the comedy 'Escuela de rateros' (Escola de gatunos); Miss France 1953 who went on to become Miss Universe 1953 Christiane Martel, plays a beautiful woman in 1959's 'Señoritas'; young Mexican actress Martha Mijares plays a girl in trouble in 1958's 'El caso de una adolescente'; on Saturday, Arturo de Cordova stars in 'O mais perfeito amor' (note: I could not find the original title of this flick) with Marga Lopez (Arturo's future wife) & Armando Calvo; on Sunday, Maria Felix in 1958's 'Café Colon' with Pedro Armendariz.

Mexican star Arturo de Cordova & Brazilian bomshell Carmen Miranda in the 1940s.

8 October 1961 -

Daily newspaper Estado's cinema columnist is ecstactic about Brazilian production 'Mulheres & Milhões' (Women & millions); he writes: 7 years after 'Amei um bicheiro', director Jorge Ileli shows up again with a story about a bank robbery in Rio de Janeiro deliberately inspired by Stanley Kubrik's 1956 'The killing' (O grande golpe) and Jules Dassin's 1955 'Du rififi chez les hommes'. Based on a story by Jorge Doria  (author of 'Maior que o ódio') and screenplay by Flavio Tambellini. It was filmed in Rio de Janeiro's Cinedia with photography by Rodolf Iesey and acted by great Odete Lara, Luigi Picchi, Norma Blum, Luely Figueiró and others.

Sete após ‘Amei um bicheiro’, reaparece Jorge Ileli, com esta história do assalto a um banco do Rio de Janeiro e deliberadamente inspirada em Kubrik (O grande golpe) e Dassin (Du rififi chez les hommes). Derivando de uma história de Jorge Dória (o mesmo de ‘Maior que o ódio’) a fita a princípio trabalhada por Flavio Tambellini na produção e no roteiro, constitui o maior triunfo nacional nos últimos tempos em questão de crítica e exito de bilheteria. Rodada nos estúdios da Cinedia, mas com equipe técnica de S.Paulo. Fotografia extraordinária de Rudolf Iesey e atuações marcantes de Odete Lara, André Dobroy, Luigi Picchi, José Mauro de Vasconcelos, Mario Benvenutti, Aurelio Teixeira, Glauce Rocha, Marlene França, Monah Delacy, Sergio Mario Yoshinaga, Norma Blum e outros. Um filme obrigatório para o espectador atento ao cinema nacional. 

Dawn Addams was 'Die feurrote Baronesse' (Espiã ou amante) at Cine Aurea.

14 October 1961 - Mauricio Kus weds his sweetheart in Sao Paulo. 

18 October 1961 - Musical revue 'Alô, alô juventude' starred by Brenda Lee at Teatro Record at 5:00 PM. The revue was probably done by a Brazilian cast employed by TV Record and Brenda Lee simply did her singing after the revue was over; from the 22rd to the 29th October, Harold Nicholas - famous half of The Nicholas Brothers dancing duo of 1940s Hollywood musical films - did his 'Uma noite de chá chá chá'; The Avalons, a 3-member instrumental band who played rock'n'roll for some time in 1959 and 1960, reverted to their original jazz format and were playing at Teatro de Arena for a week.

18 October 1961 - At Cine Aurea one could see the drama about Hitler's rise and fall called 'Minha Luta' (Den blodiga tiden) a Swedish film. at Cine Maraba, a German drama with O.W. Fischer directed by Gottfried Reinhardt called 'Abschied von den Wolken' (O passageiro da ultima hora) or 'Rebel flight to Cuba' in English; at Cine Republica one could see 'Siegfried' or 'Sigfrid, a lenda do ouro do Reno' directed by Italian Giacomo Gentilomo of 'Maciste contra os vampiros'-fame and starred by Sebastian Fisher. The film was dubbed in Portuguese at the Odil-Fonobrasil de São Paulo. 

19 October 1961 - 'Two women' (La ciociara) gave Sophia Loren a best actress Academy Award.

German director Wilhelm Dieterle worked in Hollywood during WWII; was blacklisted by MacCarthysm and went back to Germany in the late 1950s and did 'Die Herrin der Welt' (A senhora do mundo)  or 'Mistress of the world' with Martha Hyer, Carlos Thompson & Sabu.   

19 October 1961 - Brazilian movie 'Mulheres e milhões' (Women and millions) featuring Norma Benguel, Luigi Picchi, Odete Lara, Jece Valadão and Luely Figueiró; deutsche Kino was present with Georg Marischka's 'Peter Voss, der Held des Tages' (Peter Voss, o heroi do dia) with O.W. Fischer and Linda Christian; 'Pepe' was Hollywood's way of paying tribute to Mexico's comedian Cantinflas.

22 October 1961 - Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho' was one of the biggest releases of the year; 'The private lives of Adam & Eve' (A vida íntima de Adão e Eva) with Mamie Van Doren, Mickey Rooney and teen-age heart-throb Paul Anka was a good-natured farse; Japanese masterpiece 'O corvo amarelo' (Kiiroi Karasu / The yellow crow / Behold thy son) directed by Gosho was making good business at Cine Coral. 

5 Novembro 1961 - at Cine Marrocos, a Portuguese-Brazilian co-production 'O cantor e a bailarina' tells the story of a Portuguese singer (Domingos Marques) who falls in love with a Brazilian dancer (Natalia Derval) from Rio; Otelo Zeloni & Berta Loran complete the cast. Directed by Armando de Miranda; Darcy Penteado designed the costumes for the chess ballet directed by Fernando Lima; the Portuguese review was not very kind to it: 'Cantiga a cada 10 minutos, um argumento indigente, atores que parecem colhidos em recitas amadoras. Domingos Marques, com sua voz de tenor, não tinha o mínimo jeito e cenários de papelão erguidos nos estúdios da Tobis a fingir Copacabana'; Argentine director Carlos Hugo Christensen's 1958 'Meus amores no Rio' with Suzana Freyre, Jardel Filho, Domingo Alzugaray & Fabio Cardoso is back at Cine Monaco. 

19 November 1961

Eliana Macedo's farewell to Brazilian musical comedies.

Eliana Macedo in '3 colegas de batina' (Three brothers-in-cassock) with musical combo Trio Irakitan, that turned out to be her last film. She actually did 'Um morto ao telefone' in 1964, but it  was an attempt to star her as a dramatic actress which never went anywhere. The columnist is sarcastic about director Watson Macedo's intention. Pseudo-intelectual journalists from S.Paulo liked to disparage what was made in Rio de Janeiro in a typical 'sour-grapes' mood: 'A sempiterna formula da 'comedia carioca de costumes', revestida de um toque 'novo' (a inclusão dos 'colegas' de batina), possivelmente inspirado por 'Il Bidone' de Federico Fellini, o que não é de estranhar, visto que Watson Macedo parece já ter feito o mesmo com 'Sunset Boulevard' e com mais um ou outro filme famoso dos cinemas de fora'. 

Cine Jussara was an 'adult-only' cinema which meant: films with a sex appeal. In times of dearth Jussara appealed to old flicks like 1954's 'O principio foi pecado' (Am Anfang war es Sünde) or 'The beginning was sin' with Ruth Niehaus, Viktor Staal und Laya Raki. 

19 November 1961 - North-American columnist Mary Wynne's style: No bar A Baiuca, nem é preciso dizer, que estava lotado, os meus amigos norte-americanos elogiaram muito mesmo o pianista Pedrinho Mattar e a 'petite' cantora Claudette Soares, que estava elegantíssima num toillete de chiffon vermelha, cor que vai muito bem com seus cabelos pretos. Algum dia, talvez, vou ganhar aquela fotografia. Será, Claudette? Naturalmente, gostaram da música de Fred Feld, as antigas até os mais recentes 'hits' da Broadway, no momento o maior pedido é o 'Camelot'. Sempre foi um grande mistério saber como o Freddy recebe as músicas logo depois de lançadas na Broadway. Querem apostar comigo que em poucos dias ele já estará tocando 'I believe in you' e outras do 'smash-hit' entitulado 'How to succeed in business without really trying'.

Julie Joy, rainha do radio carioca, sang at La Vie en Rose; old timer Blackout sang at Michel every night; Roberto Luna sang at  Black & White on Rua Bento Freitas. 

10 December 1961 - Serguei Eisenstein's 1925 'Battleship Potemkin' (O couraçado Potemkin) was first shown in S.Paulo on 5 February 1931 at old Cine Odeon's Red Room; renewed interest on the part of the public was because a Festival of Russian & Soviet Cinema held in S.Paulo in which 'Potemkin' was shown with rave reviews and enthusiasm; at Cine Olido, Francesco Maselli's 'I delfini' (Os delfins) with Claudia Cardinale, a French-Italian co-production.

17 December 1961 - a Russian film festival in S.Paulo. Comedian Ze Trindade was so popular Cine Monaco revived 1958's 'O batedor de carteiras' (The pickpocket) with great comediennes Violeta Ferraz and Nancy Wanderley. This is top Brazilian comedy by any standard with Maysa singing 'Ouça' her greates hit ever. Double-featured with Libertad Lamarque's 1960's 'Amor en la sombra' where she sings 'Adios pampa mia', 'Mi Buenos Aires querido' y otros exitos; Robert Youngson's 'Days of thrill and laughter' (Risos e sensações de outrora) introduced those early days of Hollywood cinema to a new generation in which I was part of, being a 12 year-old who really enjoyed this sort of movie-compilations. 'The golden age of comedy' (Os Reis do Riso) and 'When Comedy was King' (Risos e mais Risos) were 2 previous Youngson's production shown in the past few years; at Cine Jussara, a cheeky 'L'ile aux femmes nues' (Refúgio de Evas) made in 1952 but still around in a time when women boobs were seen as something shocking. 

17 December 1961 - Austrian teen-age sensation Romy Schneider plays 'Scampolo', an Italian urchin who abandons her family and lives on a boat by the harbour of the island of Ischia in the blue waters of the Mediterrean near the Neapolitan Bay. at Cine Regina, Françoise Sagan's 'Ameiz-vous Brahms' (Mais uma vez adeus) in which Anthony Perkins gets involved with Ingrid Bergman who's his father's (Yves Montand) 2nd wife; bomshell Rosana Podestá is 'La schiava di Roma' (A escrava de Roma) to Guy Madison's Marcus Valerius. Italo-American Pier Angeli in a British drama 'S.O.S. Pacific' (Quando a tormenta passa). 

24 December 1961 - Comedian Ze Trindade was really popular and guaranteed box-office return. His motto was: I want to get laid and I'll chase any women I can possibly can put my hands on! Brazilians of almost any persuasion subscribed to that maxim and his films were instant hits. 'Mulheres, cheguei!' (Women, here I am!") which is a way of Brazilian males to boast their sex power over women. Old timer Jaime Costa, Laura Suarez, 'bad man' Renato Restier, show-girl Paulete Silva, song-writer Mario Lago and even Ivaná, a cross-dresser from Portugal are in the supporting cast. Zeferino (played by Ze Trindade) is a bank manager and a supposedly perfect husband to Amelia (Laura Suarez); actually Ze is a philandering bastard whose schemes are found out by the house maid.  

'Mulheres, cheguei!' in Rio de Janeiro's cinemas. 

24 December 1961 - One could get into the Xmas spirit watching Spanish-speaking films like Spain's 1960's 'Aventuras de Joselito en America' (As aventuras de Joselito) that shows the Spanish boy's adventures in Mexico with local boy-wonder Pulgarcito. At Cine Monaco one could watch Mexico's own Maria Gracia in 'La Caperucita Roja' (O Chapeuzinho Vermelho). 

1961 may be seen as a big year for Brazilian cinema. Cinedistri may boast to have one of its best year ever with hits such as adventure flicks like 'Lampião, rei do gangaço' (Milton Rodrigues) and 'A morte comanda o cangaço'(Alberto Ruschel) comedies like 'Sai dessa, recruta'(Ankito), 'Eu sou o tal!' (Vagareza), '3 colegas de batina' (Eliana & Trio Irakitan), romantic Portuguese tales like 'Teus olhos castanhos' (Francisco Carlos) and 'As pupilas do senhor reitor' plus cinema-novo's 'A grande feira' (Luiza Maranhão) and Walter Hugo Khoury's 'A ilha'. Anselmo Duarte's 'O pagador de promessas' would be Cinedistri's greatest hit ever when it won 1962's Cannes Film Festival. 

São Paulo theatre scene by the last day of the year 1961 as seen by OESP cartoonist. One can see TBC (Teatro Brasileiro de Comedia), Teatro Cacilda Becker, TBV (Teatro Bela Vista), TMDC (Teatro Maria Della Costa) and others. 

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