THAT MAN FROM RIO
Held Over Through Thursday, September 4
50th ANNIVERSARY RESTORATION
Directed by PHILIPPE DE BROCA
Starring JEAN-PAUL BELMONDO & FRANCOISE DORLÉAC
(1964) 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 skis, 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). Non-stop spoof of… James Bond? More like a pre-Raiders Raiders – but does Belmondo get back in time from that leave? Co-scripted by Jean-Paul Rappeneau (later director of Cyrano de Bergerac), with music by Georges Delerue (Hiroshima Mon Amour, Jules and Jim, and The Conformist: screening August 29 – September 4). This new restoration has been supervised by Pierre Lhomme, DP of Melville’s Army of Shadows and de Broca’s King of Hearts. Approx. 112 min. DCP.
UP TO HIS EARS, de Broca’s Rio followup, will be shown August 25 at 12:30 and 7:30.
A COHEN MEDIA GROUP RELEASE
Restoration supervised by TF1 Droits Audiovisuel with the support of CNC.
“A CRAZY DELIGHT! A stylish, early-'60s pastiche that folds in every adventure-movie cliché you've ever seen, and possibly invents a few new ones. De Broca orchestrates all this mishegas with verve and wicked wit, and in vibrant, wide-screen color.”
– Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice
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“De Broca’s oddball adventure spoof… repositioned Belmondo as an unlikely adventurer who at times managed to out-Bond 007.”
– Eric Grode, NY Times
“STYLISH, AMUSING AND OFTEN HILARIOUS! De Broca has made, wonder of wonders, a good movie about bad movies.”
– Judith Crist, New York Herald Tribune
“A TONGUE-IN-CHEEK THRILLER tailored to Jean-Paul Belmondo’s rubbery physique. Belmondo, equal parts welterweight and Slinky does many of his own stunts… and bounces splendidly off Dorléac’s buoyantly irritating love interest.”
– The L Magazine
“Sparked with cliff-hanging situations that have to be seen to be disbelieved. Mr. de Broca mingles the real and the fantastic for a most beguiling exaltation of the absurd. [From] Paris to the highways and byways of Rio de Janeiro and then on to the modern city of Brasilia, he uses the actual locations so vividly and artistically that they generate a kind of excitement that blends superbly with the dazzle of the plot. Excellent, exquisite color and a fine eye for architectural form lift these glittering elements to the level of surrealism.”
– The New York Times